Posts from the “Saints” Category

Saint Mary

Posted on May 15, 2020

Song: Theos https://halosarehistory.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/kathy-greenholdt-if-02-theos.mp3 Over the past two thousand years, no other female has appeared in as many works of art as the woman known as Mary, purported mother of Jesus, the Christian savior of the world. A timeless muse, she dominates thousands of paintings, frescoes, sculptures, figurines, mosaics, and icons. According to Christian teaching, Mary is the fully-human, yet virginal, mother of God; she is not a god herself. Who Was Mary? Mary is considered a Catholic saint, but to me, she has never really seemed like one, because she gets a higher billing than the others. In art, she often wears a crown and holds a scepter, and bears the title Queen of Heaven. There doesn’t appear to be a convincing historical record…

Saint Catherine of Siena

Posted on May 15, 2020

Song: Euphrosyne https://halosarehistory.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/kathy-greenholdt-if-03-euphrosyne.mp3 Full disclosure: I call Catherine of Siena my nemesis. This might seem unfriendly, but it’s true. I have a friend who once described Catherine as one of her favorite saints. To find out why, I read a biography, then traveled to Rome and Siena, Italy. I hoped for some songwriting inspiration based on Catherine’s “essence.” But, that didn’t happen right away. Even as I learned how Catherine accomplished unbelievable things during a very short life, her personality seemed distant and inaccessible. She appeared somewhat selfish, with an overly-high opinion of herself. I had trouble liking her. Or maybe, across the centuries, I was simply jealous of this formidable woman. Who Was Catherine? On March 25, 1347, Caterina di Giacomo di Benincasa…

Saint Clare of Assisi

Posted on May 15, 2020

Song: If https://halosarehistory.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/kathy-greenholdt-if-07-if.mp3 Assisi is an Italian hilltop village of medieval homes and churches. Birds soar overhead, and scenic countryside views are plentiful. It’s gorgeous. Every year, tourists of every (or no) spiritual outlook descend on the small town to visit the beautiful basilica dedicated to Francis, one of the world’s most popular Catholic saints, who promoted peace and justice while founding the Franciscan religious order. In 2019, I traveled to Assisi and planned to see the basilica. But, I also hoped to learn more about another saint — Clare — who was Francis’ first female follower. Who Was Clare? In 1194 Chiara (Clare) Offreduccio was born into one of Assisi’s noble clans. In medieval society, aristocratic families like Clare’s reigned over the feudal…

Saint Edith Stein

Posted on July 25, 2017

Song: Edie https://halosarehistory.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/edie.mp3 When I tell people the story of Saint Edith Stein, they look confused and say, “Stein doesn’t sound like a Catholic name.” Well, that is partly true. Who Was Edith? Edith Stein was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland) in 1891. It was the Hebrew holy day of Yom Kippur, which delighted Edith’s devoutly Jewish mother. Edith was the youngest of 11 children in the family. Her father ran a lumber company, but when Edith was a toddler, he died suddenly. Edith’s mother prayed regularly at the synagogue, often with children in tow. Edith, however, struggled with her own faith and, when she turned 15, stopped believing in God. Edith entered the University of Breslau at age 19 and studied…