Today is the Feast Day of St. Agatha, a virgin martyr from Siciliy- the land where our community has its spiritual roots. Her name means good.
It is said of her, she was a “true virgin, she wore the glow of a pure conscience and the crimson of the Lamb’s blood for her cosmetics. Again and again she meditated on the death of her eager Lover. For her, Christ’s death was recent, his blood was still moist. Her robe is the mark of her faithful witness to Christ. It bears the indelible marks of his crimson blood and the shining threads of her eloquence. She offers to all who come after her these treasure of her eloquent confession.” (St. Methodius of Sicily)
The painting shows how St. Peter appeared to her in prison to heal her from the wound inflicted on her chest by her persecutors. (Alessandro Turchi - Saint Agatha Attended by Saint Peter and an Angel in Prison)
Besides being a patron saint of breast cancer, she is also remembered for her miraculous protection of Catania from the flow of lava from Mt. Etna that was soon to erupt. She is remembered in the Roman Canon of the Mass.