Today (April 29) is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena. She was born in 1347 to Jacopo and Lapa Benincasa who were the parents of over 20 children; it is thought that Catherine was the youngest child. During her lifetime Catherine had mystical experiences, the first at age 6.
During her lifetime, she wrote hundreds of letters to the pope, monarchs, and other powerful men, counseling them to make peace and to restore unity in the Church. Her most famous writing is the Dialogue, a book that details a conversation or dialogue between the soul and God [recording her mystical experiences].