Victoria, a Christian maiden from Tivoli, near Rome, had been engaged to marry the pagan Roman nobleman Eugenius when she was called upon to intervene on behalf of her fiancé’s friend, Titus Aurelius. The latter wanted to marry another Christian girl, (Saint) Anatolia, but the young woman had adamantly refused. Victoria thereupon attempted to change Anatolia’s mind by pointing out to her the good of marriage as a vocation, adding that she might win Aurelius’ conversion. Anatolia responded that she had experienced a vision regarding her vocation in which she had been told, “Virginity is an immense treasure of the King of kings.” Anatolia’s defense of the spiritual advantages of consecrated virginity in the end persuaded Victoria to break her own engagement and consecrate herself to God as well. Both girls incurred the wrath of the men who had wanted to marry them. Eugenius imprisoned Victoria in his villa and attempted to starve her into submission, but finding her unyielding, he delivered her to the Roman officials to be beheaded for her faith. Imprisoned by Aurelius, Anatolia suffered a similar fate.
Irish abbess and disciple of St. Abban. When St. Abban founded a convent in Ballyvourney, County Cork, Ireland, Gobnata was placed in charge. A well there bears her name. continue readingMore Female Saints
FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris 1525, secured his ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.