Thursday, December 14, 2006

St. Lucy

Yesterday was the feast of St. Lucy. Her name comes from the same root as the word "lucid". She is the patron saint of those with eye troubles and of light. Her feast, on December 13, was, in the old Julian calendar, the shortest day of the year.

Her parents arranged a marriage for her with a weatlhy young man. When she announced her decision to remain a virgin, her pagan suitor turned her into the authorities as a Christian. Lucy refused to renounce her beliefs to save her life.

Just when we are at the end of our ability to see the light at the end of the dark tunnel, Lucy reminds us that God is there. God allows things to happen, however painful at the moment, for our greater good and to fit into His plan.

St. Lucy, keep our perspective clear and our eyes on Christ!

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