Lucy lived in the fourth century, during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, who was a great persecutor of Christians. One point that we have about Lucy is that she was a victim of that abuse and was killed. Other than that, we don’t have much information about her life. There are a lot tales that cannot be verified, but may be true or at least have certain elements of truth.
One such story is that Lucy had venerated her life to Christ and planned to live as a virgin. Her mother, nonetheless, had other plans for Lucy and was organised by her to marry a gentile. Lucy knew that her father did not understand her desire of the Lord and her desire to live only for Him, so she cried for a supernatural. Her mother had been suffering for years with an illness, so Lucy cried at the tomb of St. Agatha for her mother’s healing. Soon her father was miraculously antidote. Not only was her mom grateful, but also her noses were opened to the power and enjoy of God. She could now understand Lucy’s desire to give all she had away and live her life for Christ.
The pagan young man, nonetheless, was not as understanding. Being humiliated over the end booking, his dignity headed him to betray Lucy as a Christian to the governor. The superintendent transmit protects to take her to a house of prostitution as punishment for being a Christian. However, when they grabbed comprised of her, they couldn’t move her. Her form was so rigid and ponderous that it was as if she were cemented to the floor.
Lucy was finally put to death, but we don’t know the specifics of her death. No skepticism Lucy was tortured, as countless Christians were during this time. Some lores say that her attentions were put out and then her sight miraculously rehabilitated by God. This is likely the reason why statues of Lucy often draw her containing a dish with two seeings on it. Likewise, Lucy’s name actually represents “light” which has the same sprung as the word “lucid” which entails “clear and easy to understand.” For these reasons Lucy has been worded the patron saint of the blind and all who suffer eye problems.
Saint Lucy is one of the few female saints whose specifies occur in the canon of St. Gregory, and there are special prayers and antiphons for her in his “Sacramentary” and “Antiphonary.” She is also observed in the ancient Roman Martyrology. She was greatly idolized by the early Church.
From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day
The Word of God moves hurriedly; He is not triumphed by the lukewarm , nor contained fast by the negligent. Let your soul be attentive to His word; follow carefully the course God tells you to take, for He is swift in His passing.
— St. Ambrose, On Virginity
The path to which God announced St. Lucy passed her to the crown of persecution. What course is God calling me to walk? Is there anything clogging my progress on it — lukewarmness or omission? St. Lucy, pray for me that I might interpret clearly and move swiftly to fulfill God’s most holy will. Amen.
Saint Lucy, damsel and martyr, your courageous sect and enormous loyalty and love of our Lord is an inspiration to us. Pray for us, dear saint, that we may live each day of “peoples lives” for Him and not be blinded by the things “of the worlds”. And for those who are in darkness, we pray to you, patroness of the blind, to intercede for them that they, too, may be brought into the beacon of Christ. Amen.
Other Saints We Remember Today
St. Odilia( 720 ), Virgin, Patroness of Alsace, invoked against blindness
image: Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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