St. Catherine of Alexandria

When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say.

Mathew 10:19

What an incredible, inspiring Saint St. Catherine of Alexandria is.

St. Catherine of Alexandria was an Egyptian princess who lived during the end of the 3rd century. Due to her nobility, she was very educated, and she dedicated herself to studying the faith. Catherine made a vow of chastity, deciding that she would love no one more than Jesus Christ. Because of her devout faith, she refused to marry a powerful emperor who avidly persecuted Christians. He imprisoned Catherine and sent his pagan philosophers to refute her. Gifted with her education and the Holy Spirit, Catherine not only astutely defended the faith, but she also converted the philosophers! She also converted the woman whom the emperor married instead of her, but the emperor executed his philosophers and his wife upon their conversions. The emperor finally ordered Catherine to be tortured and executed on a spiked wheel, but as soon as she touched it, it shattered, so she was beheaded instead. Catherine is the patroness of students, teachers, lawyers, and cyclists.

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I admire St. Catherine of Alexandria so much that I took her name as my Confirmation name. Like Catherine, I grew up studying my Catholic faith, and I’m always on fire to learn more about it. I chose St. Catherine of Alexandria because I loved learning and I knew that no matter what God called me to do in life, I would always be learning or teaching in some capacity. I have always felt God calling me to bring others closer to him. I still feel his call strongly, and I feel that I can do this by telling others about him and encouraging them to encounter him. Without a doubt, I believe that Radiant with Joy is the way for me to embark on this mission.

Like St. Catherine of Alexandria, I want to continue learning about my faith fervently. I want to bring people to the Church and take as many souls to Heaven with me as possible. I continue asking for her intercession as I change hearts to look towards Jesus Christ, and I can feel her prayers working in my life. I pray that the Holy Spirit grants us wisdom when discussing our faith so that we can bring each other closer to our Heavenly Father.

St. Catherine of Alexandria, pray for us!

~ Stay radiant!

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