Getting Hammered in Boston!

Not from the day’s revelries.

I promised to post an image from the Museum of St. Margaret beating the Devil with a hammer.  A bit fuzzy…but hey!


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  1. nola catholic says:

    Which St. Catherine is this – Siena or Alexandria?

  2. UncleBlobb says:

    Thank you, Father. :)

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    Give em a knock for us, St. Catherine! He’s the one at the root of all these problems we have plaguing us day and night.

  4. Supertradmum says:

    Just another day at work in the Church Militant…

  5. StWinefride says:

    But Father! That is not St Catherine beating the devil with a hammer but St Marina of Antioch also known as St Margaret in the West. You can just make out the letters MARGARITA. [Right! Thanks for that correction. I’ll adjust the top entry.]

    Here is another painting of her:

  6. Darren says:

    Yes, which Saint Catherine? I looked up this painting by Barna de Siena (from Siena), but depending on which site I end up at, she is described as one or the other, Catherine of Siena or of Alexandria.

  7. Fr. Thomas Kocik says:

    Is this not Saint Margaret (a.k.a. Marina of Antioch)? Zoom in on the letters behind her head. And see this:

    [My bad.]

  8. iPadre says:

    She is my kind of woman! We all need woman like that surrounding us priests.

  9. FrPhillips says:

    I think Fr Kocik is correct — I have an icon in my office, depicting St. Marina wailing the tar out of the devil with a hammer.

  10. Lucas Whittaker says:

    @ Supertradmum: “Just another day at work in the Church Militant…” Hah! I love it. How true indeed.

  11. Jean Marie says:

    Where can I get this picture? I also like the one of the Blessed Mother wacking the devil with a stick while protecting her children.

  12. Andy Lucy says:

    Hammer time!

  13. marylise says:

    St. Margaret of Antioch was one of the heavenly personages who consoled, advised and encouraged St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431). In this role, St. Margaret acted in partnership with — but appeared to be subordinate to — St. Catherine of Alexandria. Both Margaret and Catherine were part of what used to be known as the Fourteen Holy Helpers. St. Joan described their voices, which she heard distinctly, as “beautiful, sweet and humble.”

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