Saint for the Day - February 5 - St. Agatha,
St. Agatha was born in
Sicily, of rich and noble parents—a child of
benediction from the first, for she was promised to
her parents before her birth, and consecrated from
her earliest infancy to God. In the midst of dangers
and temptations she served Christ in purity of body
and soul, and she died for the love of chastity.
Quintanus, who governed Sicily under the Emperor
Decius, had heard the rumour of her beauty and
wealth, and he made the laws against the Catholics
a pretext for summoning her from Palermo to Catania,
where he was at the time. "O Jesus Christ!" she
cried, as she set out on this dreaded journey, "all
that I am is Thine; preserve me against the tyrant."
And Our Lord did indeed preserve one who had given
herself so utterly to Him. He kept her pure and
undefiled while she was imprisoned for a whole month
under charge of an evil woman. He gave her strength
to reply to the offer of her life and safety, if she
would but consent to sin, "Christ alone is my life
and my salvation." When Quintanus turned from
passion to cruelty, and cut off her breasts, Our
Lord sent the Prince of His apostles to heal her.
And when, after she had been rolled naked upon
potsherds, she asked that her torments might be
ended, her Spouse heard her prayer and took her to
St. Agatha gave herself without reserve to Jesus
Christ; she followed Him in virginal purity, and
then looked to Him for protection. And down to this
day Christ has shown His tender regard for the very
body of St. Agatha. Again and again, during the
eruptions of Mount Etna, the people of Catania have
exposed her veil for public veneration, and found
safety by this means; and in modern times, on
opening the tomb in which her body lies waiting for
the resurrection, they beheld the skin still entire,
and felt the sweet fragrance which issued from this
temple of the Holy Ghost.
Saint for the Day - St. Agatha, Martyr
Read about the Saint for today - February 5 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Purity is a gift of God: we can
gain it and preserve it only by
care and diligence in avoiding
all that may prove an incentive
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