St. Catherine of Siena is recognized as one of the most remarkable mystical theologians of the Middle Ages. She was also a stigmatist and counsellor of popes.
The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena treats of the whole spiritual life of man in the form of a series of colloquies between the Eternal Father and the human soul (represented by Catherine herself). The structure of the Dialogue is unusual: the saint makes four petitions to God – for herself, for the Church, for the whole world, and for the assurance of God’s providence in all things. The rest of the book is devoted to God’s response to these four petitions.
The Dialogue of the Seraphic Virgin St. Catherine of Siena – translated from the original Italian, and preceded by an Introduction on the Life and Times of the Saint, by Algar Thorold. This edition has been re-typeset using the text of the 1943 edition originally published by The Newman Bookshop, Westminster, Maryland under the Imprimatur of Gulielmus, Episcopus Arindelensis, Vicarius Generalis, Westminster, 13th December 1906.