Going back to 231 A.D., twenty years before this infamous edict, a girl was born in a remote part of Sicily to a family of noble standing. This young girl would become one of the most highly honored and venerated virgin martyrs of the early Church.
Raised with nobility, St. Agatha received education from an early age. She developed a strong faith as she listened to the Catholic Priests and lay teachers who braved the persecution. St. Agatha fell in love with Jesus Christ and His Mother, the Virgin Mary. As a child, she decided to dedicate herself to the Lord in a religious life of total dedication.
As she grew older, her beauty made her the object of great interest as several men asked for her hand in marriage but she refused all of them. Finally, a local high diplomat noticed St. Agatha who began making requests for her hand but like all before him, she refused. Quintianus was persistent but to no avail.
At one point, Quintianus began questioning St. Agatha's motivation as he began to suspect she was a Christian. He accused her and summoned her to his Court as he was a local Judge. Hoping that St. Agatha would cave in to his threats and pressures, she instead listened to the voice of Jesus who called out to her to follow Him and remain strong.
St. Agatha prayed: "O Jesus Christ, Lord of all things, thou seest my heart and knowest my desire, which is to possess only thee, since I have consecrated myself entirely to thee. Preserve me, dear Lord, from this tyrant and enable me to overcome the devil, who layeth snares for my soul."
With tears in her eyes, St. Agatha prayed for courage. Quintianus held no mercy nor compassion for his lust was strong. He wanted to break her will and placed her in a house of ill repute...