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In the material by various authors presented in this course, we see Catherine of Siena earnestly trying to express in writing the Dominican values she professed to live as a mantellata. We see in action the ideal of contemplata aliis tradere, as she drags herself away from her intense life of prayer to write to correspondents of all conditions and to share her intimacy with God in the chapters of The Dialogue.

The Dominican values that emerge as leitmotifs in her works are the quest for truth – in the profoundest possible sense, as seen in The Dialogue, justice, peace, plus of course veneration for St Dominic himself.