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Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

Martyrs – St. Catherine of Alexandria

Martyrs – St. Jean Brebeauf

[gn_heading style=”1″][gn_button link=”#” color=”#437C17″ size=”5″ style=”5″ dark=”0″ radius=”10″ icon=” target=”blank”]Martyrs – St. Catherine of Alexandria[/gn_button][/gn_heading]

Catherine was born of a patrician family of Alexandria. Catherine was the beautiful daughter of the pagan King Costus and Queen Sabinella, who governed Alexandria. Her superior intelligence combined with diligent study left her exceedingly well-versed in all the arts and sciences, and in philosophy. Having decided to remain a virgin all her life, she announced that she would only marry someone who surpassed her in beauty, intelligence, wealth, and dignity.

[gn_pullquote align=”left”]His beauty was more radiant than the shining of the sun, his wisdom governed all creation, his riches were spread throughout all the world this however did not diminish but rather added to the inexpressible loftiness of his lineage.[/gn_pullquote]

 Catherine’s mother, a secret Christian, sent her for advice to her own spiritual father a saintly elder pursuing prayerful deed in solitude in a cave not far from the city. Having listened to Catherine, the elder said that he knew of a youth who surpassed her in everything, such that “His beauty was more radiant than the shining of the sun, his wisdom governed all creation, his riches were spread throughout all the world this however did not diminish but rather added to the inexpressible loftiness of his lineage.” The image of the heavenly Bridegroom produced in the soul of the holy maiden an ardent desire to see him. Truth, to which her soul yearned, revealed it to her.

Alexandria, the great Egyptian city at the mouth of the Nile, was at this time a center of both pagan and Christian learning. Its Christian activities centered around the great church founded, according to tradition, by the Apostle Mark, with its catechetical school, the first of its kind in Christendom.

Through her reading she had learned much of Christianity and had been converted by a vision of Our Lady and the Holy Child. Maxentius was one of several rival emperors who struggled for mastery during the first dozen years of the fourth century. Like the others, he tried to crush what he considered the dangerous institution of the Catholic Church.

When Maxentius began his persecution, Catherine, then a beautiful young girl went to him and rebuked him boldly for his cruelty. He could not answer her arguments against his pagan gods, and summoned fifty philosophers to confute her. They all confessed themselves won over by her reasoning, and were thereupon burned to death by the enraged Emperor.

[gn_pullquote align=”right”]When she was fastened to the wheel, her bonds were miraculously loosed and the wheel itself broke, its spikes flying off and killing some of the onlookers[/gn_pullquote]

Catherine was then scourged and imprisoned. The Emperor went off to inspect his military forces, and when he got back he discovered that his wife Faustina and a high official, one Porphyrius, had been visiting Catherine and had been converted, along with the soldiers of the guard. All converted to Christianity and were subsequently martyred.

Upon the failure of Maxentius to make Catherine yield by way of torture, he tried to win the beautiful and wise princess over by proposing marriage. The saint refused, declaring that her spouse was Jesus Christ, to whom she had consecrated her virginity. They too were put to death, and Catherine was sentenced to be killed on a spiked wheel.

When she was fastened to the wheel, her bonds were miraculously loosed and the wheel itself broke, its spikes flying off and killing some of the onlookers. She was then beheaded.

Abad of Jesus Christ,

  Stulo Robinson.S.

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