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Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is one of the 14 Holy Helpers and the patroness of philosophers, preachers, nurses, mechanics, craftsmen who work with a wheel (potters, spinners, etc.), archivists, dying people, educators, girls, jurists, lawyers, librarians, libraries, maidens, millers, hat-makers, nurses, philosophers, preachers, scholars, schoolchildren, scribes, secretaries, and unmarried girls.

St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family. Converted to Christianity through a vision, she denounced Maxentius for persecuting Christians. Fifty of her converts were then burned to death by Maxentius.

Maxentius offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would deny the Faith. Her refusal landed her in prison. While in prison, and while Maxentius was away, Catherine converted Maxentius’ wife and two hundred of his soldiers. He had them all put to death.

Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded. She is venerated as the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine’s was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc.

Maxentius’ blind fury against St. Catherine is symbolic of the anger of the world in the face of truth and justice. When we live a life of truth and justice, we can expect the forces of evil to oppose us. Our perseverance in good, however, will be everlasting.

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  1. As a Mercy Associate 1st in 1993 performing the Corporeal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy in the Year of mercy…..we are reminded to live humble lives, have a contrite heart and do good by our actions not our words.
    As we enter the season of Advent–we prepare for the ChristChild–the Coming of our Saviour– born in humble stable–no where to lay his head as there was no room in the inn.
    The significance of the candles– why are they 2 pinks and 3 purples? Why are they not one Pink Candle and 4 purple? What is the significance of Pink, the first candle lighted in the Season of Advent– but why?
    The Right hand of GOD writing all over the World– Peace must PREVAIL means stopping the VIOLENCE on this day of Elimination against Violence

  2. As a Mercy Associate 1st in 1993 performing the Corporeal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy in the Year of mercy…..we are reminded to live humble lives, have a contrite heart and do good by our actions not our words.
    As we enter the season of Advent–we prepare for the ChristChild–the Coming of our Saviour– born in humble stable–no where to lay his head as there was no room in the inn.
    The significance of the candles– why are they 2 pinks and 3 purples? Why are they not one Pink Candle and 4 purple? What is the significance of Pink, the first candle lighted in the Season of Advent– but why?
    The Right hand of GOD writing all over the World– Peace must PREVAIL means stopping the VIOLENCE on this day of Elimination against Violence Mercy ADVOCATE from 2011, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

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