TAN Direction Episode 18 – The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena: The Virtue and Vow of Obedience


Episode 18 – The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena: The Virtue and Vow of Obedience

Sister Mary Madeline Todd begins her examination of The Treatise of Obedience by delving into the Father’s insights on what nourishes and destroys obedience, highlighting signs of virtue in the soul. Drawing from Saint Catherine’s prayer to the Trinity, the discussion emphasizes the importance of faith, patience, and humility in fostering obedience. The Father contrasts the paths of obedience and disobedience, emphasizing the significance of following God’s commands and the evangelical councils for a secure journey to salvation. The episode concludes with an exploration of how obedience manifests in religious orders, praising Saint Dominic’s leadership and the virtues of other revered figures in the Faith.

Episode eighteen covers Treatise 4, subsections 1-11.

Meet Your Host

Sister Mary Madeline Todd, OP, is a Dominican sister from the Congregation of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her journey with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in 1991 and currently serves as an educator at Mount de Sales Academy in Baltimore. Her academic background includes theology studies at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she earned her Master of Arts degree, and advanced studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, where she achieved a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD). Sister Mary Madeline Todd is passionate about studying spiritual and moral theology, with a particular focus on the dignity of the human person in Christ.

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