Favorite Saint Friday

St. Agatha
St. Agatha was born in Sicily in the third century. She probably died in 251 during the Christian persecutions under Decius which lasted from 240 to 251. She was beautiful and of a noble family. She had taken a vow of Purity and consecrated herself to Christ. Quintian, the Governor of Sicily wanted her, but she refused. He sent Agatha to a house of prostitution. Agatha remained firm in her vow. Quintian then reportedly had Agatha imprisoned and brutally tortured. She is supposed to have been healed of her wounds when St. Peter appeared to her in prison, however Quintian’s tortures continued and she finally died unshaken in her devotion to Christ.

A year after her death, a city survived the volcanic eruption of Mt. Etna. People became convinced the city had been spared because of St. Agatha’s prayers. Devotion to her spread beyond Sicily and was so fervent in the early Church that St. Agatha’s name came to be included in the first Eucharistic Prayer. She is honored for her courage in suffering and her devotion and commitment to Christ.

St. Agatha is the patron saint of Sicily, nurses, bakers, miners, jewelers, Alpine guides, and those suffering from breast cancer. She is also the protector against earthquakes, volcanoes, fires and thunderstorms.

Since I am a nurse, St. Agatha is one of my favorite saints. The first time I was made aware of this patronage was when I graduated from nursing school in 1975. I received a pin with a prayer to St. Agatha for nurses card. I know that St. Agatha got me through many long nights with very sick patients. Her feast day is February 5.

Fabulous Friday Quote

“Many things in life will catch your eye, but few will catch your heart. Pursue those.” Anonymous.

This is my favorite quote. It really says a lot doesn’t it? I read this somewhere many years ago and have never forgotten it. We too often waste time on things that are just not important like watching TV or aimlessly going from store to store looking for ways to spend money. Now I am not saying that shopping is a bad thing necessarily, but making that your reason to wake up in the morning certainly causes some concern. And we all enjoy watching our favorite program on TV. However, if we can’t leave the house because of it then it becomes problematic.

For me the things that hold my heart are my God first and foremost, then my family. These are enforced by volunteering at my church, quilting for charity (and me), photography, and reading a good book. You get the picture right?

There is one thing I must admit here though. I hate to clean. Will do anything I can to get out of doing it. So you can be sure that when the sweeper needs to be run I will be sitting at my Featherweight sewing till my hearts content.