Quote/s of the Day – 5 February – The Memorial of St Agatha (c 231- c 251) Virgin Martyr
“My fellow Christians, our annual celebration
of a Martyr’s feast, has brought us together.
Agatha achieved renown in the early Church
for her noble victory.
… For her, Christ’s death was recent,
His blood was still moist.
Her robe is the mark of her faithful witness to Christ.
Agatha, the name of our saint, means “good.”
She was truly good, for she lived as a child of God.
Agatha, her goodness coincides with her name
and her way of life. She won a good name
by her noble deeds and by her name,
she points to the nobility of those deeds.
Agatha, her mere name wins all men over to her company.
She teaches them by her example,
to hasten with her to the true Good, God alone.”
“The woman who invites us to this banquet
is both a wife and virgin.
To use the analogy of Paul,
she is the bride who has been betrothed
to one husband, Christ.
A true virgin, she wore the glow of pure conscience
and the crimson of the Lamb’s blood for her cosmetics.”