St.Catherine of Alexandria is believed to have lived around 320AD. She was the daughter of a pagan governor of Alexandria in Egypt. The story of her life has been surrounded by legends and anecdotes that are difficult to prove historically. However, it is known that she lived at a time when it was difficult to live as a Christian and profess one’s faith. In spite of all this, Catherine, who loved books and learning, became a passionate Christian when she came across the Christian Faith through her studies. She studied the Christian Faith with great enthusiasm and started to proclaim her faith with whoever she met.
With her skills of persuasion and her knowledge of the Christian Faith, she led many people to their conversion to Christianity. Catherine travelled from Alexandria in Egypt to Rome, to confront the Emperor because he was persecuting Christians. She did not forsake her faith, when she was flogged and jailed in a dungeon. She continued with her efforts and persuasion to bring even those around her, to acknowledge Christ and to follow Him. Catherine refused to give up her faith and her love for Jesus Christ. Eventually her steadfastness in the faith cost her her life. The Emperor ordered Catherine to be beheaded. It is true that this young lady must have been an intelligent girl endowed with great wit and skills of persuasion.
These qualities alone would not have been effective in her efforts to bring people to Christ unless she was knowledgeable about the Christian Faith. How knowledgeable are our children in their Faith? Let us not remain detached from what goes on in our children’s experiences of Faith!
Make it a point to talk with the children about the Gospel they would have heard during Mass, and perhaps also about one point from the homily.
St. Catherine was a noble young lady from Alexandria. She was extremely bright, in fact she is the patron saint of philosophers, students and also of those craftsmen who build or repair wooden wheels. Pictures in churches presents this Martyr with a crown, book and a wheel.