Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.

September 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Agatha!

Quintian tried to break Agatha's vow of purity by having her live for a month in a brothel. All efforts to dissuade Agatha failed. Despite the pressures place upon her, Agatha survived this ordeal, placing all her trust in the power of God.

The consul then ordered that she be beaten and that her breasts be crushed an cut off. Afterward, Agatha was consigned to prison where Saint Peter appeared to her in a dazzling light and healed her wounds.

At finding her cured the next day Quintian asks her: "Who has cured you?". To which she replied: "I was cured through the power of Jesus Christ". Quintian screams in rage: "How dare you speak the name of Jesus, when you know it is forbidden?". "You can only offer sacrifices to the Roman gods". To which Agatha responds: "Do you think, you fool, that I would adore figures of stone, and deny the God of heavens who healed me?".

O St. Agatha, help us to know the God who heals!! Bless our Agatha on this day of her birth and all days and deliver her in all of her trials! Happy Birthday, Agatha!

All our love,
Julian and Edith

Painting: St. Peter Healing St. Agatha

1 comment:

Agatha Magdalene said...

Oh, girls! What a beautiful passage. I never knew that part of the story--but I am so glad, because I love St. Peter.

Thank you so much!

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