We have been given such beautiful saints in the church, to rely on as friends. One of them being St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. Her name means “lamb”, may we all learn to be spotless in our journey as Saint Agnes was on hers. Our lives are so very short, may we learn to ever rely on Our Lord and His Truth which are the teachings of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Don’t let the lies of the world lead you away from the goodness that God will give you when you rely totally on Him.
God bless and keep the peace!
Prayer to St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
O Little St. Agnes, so young and yet made so strong and wise by the power of God, protect by your prayers all the young people of every place whose goodness and purity are threatened by the evils and impurities of this world. Give them strength in temptation and a true repentance when they fail. Help them to find true Christian friends to accompany them in following the Lamb of God and finding safe pastures in His Church and in her holy sacraments. May you lead us to the wedding banquet of heaven to rejoice with you and all the holy virgin martyrs in Christ who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Reflection – Her innocence endeared Saint Agnes to Christ, as it has endeared her to His Church ever since. Even as penitents we may imitate this innocence of hers in our own degree. Let us strictly guard our eyes, and Christ, when He sees that we keep our hearts pure for love of Him, will renew our youth, and give us back the years which the canker-worm has wasted.
St. Agnes is among the most widely venerated martyrs of the Church in East and West. She was a martyr to chastity, which her persecutors at Rome tried to destroy by sentencing her to live in a house of prostitution. God miraculously protected her virtue, and gave her victory over sin and death, even at the tender age of twelve. St. Ambrose of Milan composed hymns and homilies in her honor. Her name, symbolic of her innocence, means “lamb.” Her feast in the Roman rite is January 21st.