| The Martyrdom of Saint Agatha
St. Agatha was born to a rich, influential family in Sicily sometime during the third century. The exact date is unknown. She dedicated herself totally to God and refused the advances of many men who wished to marry her.
One of the men who she refused was named Quintian. Insulted by her refusal, he had her arrested for practicing Christianity and assumed she would give in to his advances in fear of torture. Saint Agatha persisted in refusing him. She prayed for the help of Jesus Christ to give her strength, “Jesus Christ, Lord of all, you see my heart, you know my desires. Possess all that I am. I am your sheep: make me worthy to overcome the devil.”
Enraged, Quintian put Saint Agatha into a brothel. After a month of humiliation Saint Agatha was brought before Quintian again. She remained steadfast in her resolve and rejected him once again. He imprisoned her as she proclaimed that Jesus gave her freedom.