Saint Agatha who suffered sexual assault and indignity because of her faith is one of the most highly venerated virgin martyrs of Christian antiquity, put to death for her steadfast profession of faith in Catania, Sicily. Although it is uncertain in which persecution this took place, we may accept, as probably based on ancient tradition, the evidence of her legendary life, composed at a later date, to the effect that her martyrdom occurred during the persecution of Decius (250-253). Her name appears in the Roman Canon.(Eucharistic Prayer I). Today we celebrate the feast of this courageous virgin martyr. (Catholic Encyclopedia)
"The genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ" 1 Peter 1:7
We prize our faith and pray to have the courage to defend it when we are put to the test. In the Book of Daniel we hear the story of Shadrac, Meshach, and Abdnego and how King Nebuchadnezzar was to have them thrown in the fire because they would not worship his golden statue. When threatened they replied "There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If our God, whom we serve can save us from the white hot furnace and from your hands, O king may he save us! But even if he will not, know O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue that you set up"
St, Agatha, Pray for us.