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March 3, 2013 / Fantelius

The Toughest Lady Ever

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Fiction loves tough guys, these super heroes with muscles of steel and the reflexes of a mongoose. Real life heroes are of another caliber. Catherine of Alexandria was as tough as they come.

She was an 18-year-old beauty from one of the leading families in Alexandria in the year 303 when The Great (and last) Persecution of Christians started. She was well-educated, had a pleasant manner and held a star status for converting people to Christianity. The people who knew her claimed that the devil didn’t dare meet her for fear that she would convert him.

She was singled out because of her popularity, arrested (as the equivalent of a terrorist), beaten, tortured, raped and eventually killed. She could have been released had she recognized the authority of Rome and the emperor. She couldn’t. ”Only God has authority over people,” she claimed. ”We are all equals.”

She never gave up trying to win her tormentors to embrace God and recognize the dignity of all people. Because of her, and many like her, the Christians eventually defeated the Roman Empire and forced it to call off the persecutions.

Saint Catherine was one of the most popular saints during the Middle Ages, second only to Mary, and can be found in many churches. She’s so tough, she still sheds light after 1700 years.

See: Captain Kate

 

 

“Moral muscles can’t be cut with steel.”
Dartwill Aquila

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