St. Catherine of Alexandria
by americancatholic.org | Source: americancatholic.org
According to the Legend of St. Catherine, this young woman converted to Christianity after
receiving a vision. At the age of 18, she debated 50 pagan philosophers. Amazed at her wisdom and
debating skills, they became Christians—as did about 200 soldiers and members of the emperor’s
family. All of them were martyred.
Sentenced to be executed on a spiked wheel, Catherine touched the wheel and it
shattered. She was beheaded. Centuries later, angels are said to have carried the body of St.
Catherine to a monastery at the foot of Mt. Sinai.
Devotion to her spread as a result of the Crusades. She was
invoked as the patroness of students, teachers, librarians and lawyers. Catherine is one of the 14
Holy Helpers, venerated especially in Germany and Hungary.
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