February 4, 2001
volume 12, no. 35

Sunday and Monday, February 4th and 5th

Sunday, February 4, 2001    Meditation


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      First Reading: Isaiah 6: 1-8
      Psalms: Psalm 138: 1-5, 7-8
      Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11
      Gospel Reading: Luke 5: 1-11

Monday, February 4, 2001    Meditation
    Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

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      First Reading: Genesis 1: 1-19
      Psalms: Psalm 104: 1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
      Gospel Reading: Mark 6: 53-56
Feast of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

        The virgin martyr Saint Agatha was born in Sicily into a rich and noble family. Her parents consecrated her to the Trinity before she was born as a result of the promise from God that she would indeed be born despite incredible odds. As she grew into the flower of her teens, the beauty of her soul was somewhat overshadowed by her physical attractiveness which drew raves throughout Sicily; so much so that Quintanus, governor of Sicily under the Emperor Decius, enforced laws against the Christians as a pretext for seducing this beautiful flower of God. Praying for purity and the fortitude to withstand his advances, she prevailed, much to Quintanus' wrath who ordered vile mutilations on this faithful virgin who bore all for the love of her one true Love - Jesus Christ. Having cut off her breasts, they were miraculously healed when Our Lord sent Saint Peter to heal her. So incensed was Quintanus that he stripped her and subjected her to cruel humiliation, rolling her naked through the streets and over broken shards before her Spouse heard her pleas and called her Home. In testimony to her purity, it is believed that her body is still incorrupt and her intercessory prayer has proved victorious for many young women subjected to sexual harassment. She was truly a temple of the Holy Spirit.

February 4, 2001
volume 12, no. 35
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