St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is one of the 14 Holy Helpers and the patroness of philosophers, preachers, nurses, mechanics, craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc.), archivists, dying people, educators, girls, jurists, lawyers, librarians, libraries, maidens, millers, hat-makers, nurses, philosophers, preachers, scholars, schoolchildren, scribes, secretaries, and unmarried girls.

St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family. Converted to Christianity through a vision, she denounced Maxentius for persecuting Christians. Fifty of her converts were then burned to death by Maxentius.

Maxentius offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would deny the Faith. Her refusal landed her in prison. While in prison, and while Maxentius was away, Catherine converted Maxentius’ wife and two hundred of his soldiers. He had them all put to death.

Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded. She is venerated as the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine’s was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc.

Maxentius’ blind fury against St. Catherine is symbolic of the anger of the world in the face of truth and justice. When we live a life of truth and justice, we can expect the forces of evil to oppose us. Our perseverance in good, however, will be everlasting.

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  1. All exorcists and possessed people know the value of a consecrated virgin in the room to powerfully intercede for the helpless soul. May these consecrated virgins and all holy virgin martyrs unite their prayers to make reparation for the blasphemy and sacrilege and desecration of the Tabernacle in the Cathedral of Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada this week. Also for the Lebanese church in Toronto with the beheaded and stolen statue of Our Lady. Offences against the most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary demand reparation and conversion. Grant both in the wake of these crimes in Canada and the rest of North America. So much is at stake and many deny the impact of these harmful acts on the worldwide Faithful. Saint Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us. Amen.

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