Saint for the Day - December 4 - St. Barbara
St. Barbara was brought
up a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had
kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which
he had built for the purpose. Here in her forced
solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and
contrived to receive instruction and Baptism by
stealth from a Catholic priest. Dioscorus, on
discovering his daughter's conversion, was beside
himself with rage. He himself denounced her before
the civil tribunal.
Barbara was horribly tortured, and at last was
beheaded, her own father, merciless to the last,
acting as her executioner. God, however, speedily
punished her persecutors. While her soul was being
borne by angels to Paradise, a flash of lightning
struck Dioscorus, and he was hurried before the
judgment-seat of God.
Saint for the Day - St. Barbara
Read about the Saint for today - December 4 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Pray often against a sudden and
unprovided death; and, above
all, that you may be
strengthened by the Holy
Viaticum against the dangers of
your last hour.
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