Friday, November 26, 2010

Queen Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Great Martyr

I'm visiting family, but I did have to post something for St. Catherine's Day. St. Catherine of Alexandria, of course, is patron saint of philosophers.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Vox sonora nostri chori,
Nostro sonet Conditori,
Qui disponit omnia,
Per quem dimicat imbellis,
Per quem datur et puellis
De viris victoria;

Per quem plebs Alexandrina
Faeminae non feminina
Stupuit ingenia,
Quum beata Catharina
Doctos vinceret doctrina,
Ferrum patientia.

Catherine of Alexandria Pacher

Florem teneri decoris,
Lectionis et laboris
Attrivere studia :
Nam perlegit disciplinas
Saeculares et divinas
In adolescentia.

Vas electum, vas virtutum,
Reputavit sicut lutum
Bona transitoria,
Et reduxit in contemptum
Patris opes et parentum
Larga patrimonia.

Barna da Siena. Mystic Marriage of st Catherine. Boston MFA

Vasis oleum includens,
Virgo sapiens et prudens
Sponso pergit obvia,
Ut, adventus ejus hora,
Praeparata, sine mora
Intret ad convivia.

Sistitur imperatori,
Cupiens pro Christo mori;
Cujus in prsesentia
Quinquagiuta sapientes
Mutos reddit et silentes
Virginis facundia.
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Not being as philosophical an era as the Middle Ages, or even the Renaissance, we pay less attention to St. Catherine. But it is always salutary to remember St. Catherine's broken wheel: if you try to break Philosophy on the wheel -- whatever the wheel may be -- it will break the wheel.


  1. Arsen Darnay9:36 AM

    A philosopher whose patron saint is Catherine is a poet by another name!

  2. branemrys8:32 PM

    Well, the poem here,, a traditional hymn, is by Adam of St. Victor, although he was indeed a very philosophical poet. But, as Aristotle said, lovers of myth (philomythoi) and lovers of wisdom (philosophoi) are alike.

  3. The First mention of St Catherine, as The Queen of Siris, that I have found.. .

    She lives, and has a much greater part, in all that is life everlasting than perhaps most may suspect.. . It is only to the detriment of all knowledge, that more has not survived of both, the cumulative knowledge of all history, and the Heavenly prophetic teachings of men, and angels.. .

    I neither boast of my person, nor of my relationship with them of whom are long awaited, nor so I promote, that men may come as they are.. .

    I serve, and I keep all all that no other is able to offer, that the world is most interested in coming to a greater knowledge thereof, and as such; If I am permitted here, to provide more than I am able to in such an interface, may I offer an invitation to a place that is not locked, but is not either promoted; Accessed by invitation only.. . Come as you are, leaving all pregidus, and the divisions formed of man behind.. .

    St Catherine of Alexandria, Queen of Siris guiding a dragon in 2011.. .

    Current Uncensored World News, is found at the bottom of the home page, and under The Truth of The Epoch, is found more information than most world leaders are availed thereof, regarding a very small portion of all that I keep.. .

    It is to my joy, to find that any man is taking the time to show honor to them that have taught the world so much, and given of themselves as selflessly.. .

    If the skies of the Earth were illuminated, with all that they have born of man, no man could see for all the brightness thereof in all it's glory.. .

    God be with you always,
    Maya`Tae Heno


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