This week we celebrate the Feast of St. Agnes of Rome (January 21). St. Agnes is a very special and well-known young girl in the Catholic Church, but she also has a special place in our community as Kristen’s patron saint.
St. Agnes of Rome is a virgin and martyr, known for her beauty inside and out. The story of her life is a heart-wrenching one. Not only was she beautiful, but she came from a wealthy family as well. At a very young age she dedicated herself, body and soul, to Our Lord. She called Him her Spouse and loved Him as dearly as anyone would love another. There were many men who desired to claim Agnes as a wife, but she never wavered in her faithfulness to Jesus. No man could capture her heart the way the Lord had. Unfortunately, that displeased those men who wished to marry Agnes, and they persecuted her for rejecting them. She died a martyr at the age of 13 in January 304.
Read more about St. Agnes’s life here.
Another important day to recognize this week is the Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children (January 22). This day is a day of prayer for us all to lift our voices to heaven that God’s will may be done, His mercy may be given, and His protection and grace may shower upon His people.
Both of these days can be boiled down to a common characteristic of our Heavenly Father: His love and mercy are greater. No matter our age, no matter our circumstances, no matter what life may bring us, His love and mercy are greater. Greater than our fears. Greater than our struggles. Greater than our weaknesses. Greater than our wrongdoings. Greater than our persecutions. Greater than our sorrow. Greater than everything.
In the midst of this life there are two things we as Christians can do relentlessly. First, we can love. Love is at the root of everything. The more we love, the more God‘s light breaks through the darkness of this world. The second thing we can do is simply pray. Pray often and pray fervently. Pray for our children, for our families, for our leaders, and for our country.
Let us reflect this week on 1 Corinthians 13. May it be a source of prayer, encouragement, and hope for our persevering souls.
St. Agnes, pray for us!
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Written by: Lindsey