Saint Agape (d.304)
for April 3
Saint Agape, along with her sisters Saint Chionia and Saint Irene, was accused of possessing sacred scriptural texts during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. At the time, possessing these materials was a crime punishable by death. During their trial, the sisters refused to make a sacrifice to the pagan gods, and were martyred. Even though it would have been seemingly easy for Agape to momentarily push her faith aside to keep her life, she said, "I believe in the living God and will not by an evil action lose all the merits of my past life." She was wise enough to know that one small evil action can have enormous consequences.
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Use your imagination to place yourself in Saint Agape's situation. Imagine being asked to forsake your faith, just once, in order to be saved. Imagine facing the possibility of being martyred. What would you have done in this situation?
Dear God, please help me to know the courage and faith required to become a martyr.