Friday, February 5, 2016
Memorial of Saint Agatha
"Today we are celebrating the memorial of St Agatha, martyred in Catania probably during the persecution of Decius in the third century. Agatha means Her name corresponds to reality: St Agatha "is truly a good woman", we read in the Liturgy of the Hours this morning, "coming forth from God in whose goodness she shares. She is good to her Spouse, Christ, and good also to us through sharing with us her goodness. 'Good' is the force and meaning of her name."
~Saint Pope John Paul II 12 February 1997
In our culture today we seldom hear the words purity or chastity. (Chastity-purity- means not having any sexual relations before marriage. It also means fidelity to husband or wife during marriage. In Catholic morality, chastity is placed opposite the deadly sin of lust, and is classified as one of seven virtues. The moderation of sexual desires is required to be virtuous.)
Agatha lived a life of purity. Many young women did, such as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Martha of Bethany, Maria Goretti, Ursula and many others that became Saints. They put God first. Revelation 14:4 says: “…They are virgins and these are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They have been ransomed as the first fruits of the human race for God and the Lamb.”
Lord may we live chastely and pure for You.