Monday, January 21, 2008

St Agnes

"Today is the birthday of a virgin; let us imitate her purity. It is the birthday of a martyr; let us offer ourselves in sacrifice. It is the birthday of Saint Agnes, who is said to have suffered martyrdom at the age of twelve. The cruelty that did not spare her youth shows all the more clearly the power of faith in finding one so young to bear it witness."

(From a treatise "On Virgins" by Saint Ambrose, bishop, in the Roman breviary.) Share

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