Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:22:34 +0000 joandarc
Today, February 9th, the universal Church honors St. Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr, who gave her life for Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Early Christians at this time were being persecuted by the heathen population of Alexandria in the last year of the reign of the Emperor Philip in 249 A.D. Many of the Christians escaped, but Apollonia was seized.
Her persecutors beat her face and knocked out all of her teeth. They then kindled a huge fire outside the city, threatening to cast her in the fire if she would not renounce her Faith and utter certain impious words. She considered this proposal and miraculously, found herself free. She leaped into the flames of her own accord.
St. Augustine set forth his thoughts on how she died, indicating that she died by a particular direction of the Holy Spirit. This courageous woman is asked to intercede for those individuals with dental health issues and/or diseases.
It is remarkable to imagine once again, the absolute pain and horror this incredible woman experienced. Even if you have a problem with one tooth, the pain is excruciating. Her captors desired to throw her into the fire, and so, voluntarily, she did as they requested. Her love for Our Lord Jesus Christ was so great, that Jesus was all that mattered to her. We will remember your love and courage, dear St. Apollonia, especially when we have to suffer physically, or make important moral choices. We hope to have that same brave spirit of immediately choosing the truth and the right, as you did. Much love to you dear Saint!
Sources: One Hundred Saints, Bulfinch Press; catholic.org