Catherine would become known as “The Lady with the Lamp”, the lamp a symbol of the great charity that she showed as she walked through the streets of Siena, distributing food to the poor and attending the hospital where she would help the sick and encourage those dying to receive the last rights from the friars. In every sick patient she saw Jesus.
Catherine loved the Church, despite the corruption that existed. She petitioned for peace and was instrumental in persuading the Pope in Avignon to return to Rome. On the fourth Sunday of Lent, 1375, while Catherine was in Pisa, she received the gift of the stigmata, the marks of which would not become visible until after her death.