Wednesday, June 6, 2012

St. Lucy

St. Lucy
St. Lucy was a Sicilian who lived from 283 to 304. She met her demise during the Diocletian Persecution- one of many that kept the lions & other beasts in the Coliseum well fed in that time.

The story goes that at a young age,  Lucy wanted to consecrate herself to God. She didn't tell anyone until she found out her mother had hatched plans to marry her off to some pagan guy. Her family apparently had some money & when Lucy requested that her dowry be put to better uses, her mother would not relent.

On Lucy's advice, a pilgrimage was made to pray at the tomb of St. Agatha (who had died about 50 years prior). Mom, who had been suffering from years of hemorrhaging, was miraculously healed & thereafter released Lucy to do as she wished.

Needless to say, the man Lucy was betrothed to was pissed. He accused her of being a Christian & turned her in to the governor of Sicily. In light of the times, this was a certain death sentence. While in captivity, the guards tried to rape her, but to no avail. They couldn't even move her. They tried to burn her, but the fires kept going out. As for the story with her eyes, this is where it gets a little sketchy. One version says her fiance' liked them so much that Lucy herself ripped them out & handed them to him, saying something to the effect of "Fine! Take them already & let me serve God!" Another version says the guards gouged them out with forks. Some renditions even tell how her eyes miraculously grew back. Whatever the truth, we know Lucy was a martyr for her faith. She was all of 21 years old when she died. She is the patron saint of the blind & folks with eye troubles. Her feast day is December 13.

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