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Obeying the Truth: Discretion in the Spiritual Writings of Saint Catherine of Siena

Grazia Mangano Ragazzi


The spiritual influence of St. Catherine of Siena (an Italian laywoman from the fourteenth century who is today a Doctor of the Church) has been increasing over the centuries. Her writings are now available in critical editions in Italian, which have been translated into English and other languages. Among the many introductory works to Catherine’s life and spirituality, there was no monograph that would address discretion (or its synonym, prudence), a key concept of Catherine’s spiritual reflection that interacts with other crucial aspects of her teaching. This book aims to fill this gap. Afte ... More

Keywords: Catherine of Siena, spirituality, mysticism, discretion, prudence, discernment, virtue, moral action, women saints, Aquinas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199344512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Grazia Mangano Ragazzi, author
Independent researcher