In the latest episode of the Christian Mysticism Podcast, Dr. Carlos Eire and I discuss St. Catherine of Genoa, who experienced mystical raptures that gave her profound insights on purgatory and the afterlife. She was beatified 1675 and canonized in 1737. St. Catherine was born to a rich and powerful family in Genoa, Italy and married off at an early age, but endured a horrible marriage. That led to her conversion and life of prayer and penance. St. Catherine devoted herself to working at a hospital, and her husband eventually converted as well and joined her at the hospital.