St. Lucy of Syracuse was no stranger to life’s darkest moments. She lived in the fourth century—a time when people were persecuted for their faith. Nevertheless, this didn’t stop her from openly practicing her faith.
Born to noble parents, Lucy had a deep love for Christ in her heart. When her father died, she was left with a large dowry and had many suitors. But the young lady vowed to live her life in service to Christ, helping the poor.
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Fearing for her daughter’s future, Lucy’s mother Eutychia—who suffered from a bleeding disorder—arranged for her to be married to a pagan man. Lucy refused and asked her mother to distribute the dowry instead to those in need. However, Eutychia did not allow it. Lucy then devised a plan to convince her mother to let her practice her faith in her own way.
Lucy brought her mother on a pilgrimage to St. Agatha’s shrine in hopes of finding a cure for the latter’s bleeding disorder. The two women prayed fervently until they fell asleep. That was also the time when St. Agatha came to Lucy in her dreams and told her that her mother was healed.
Faithful to the Perilous End