St. Appolonia and the Martyr of Alexandria February 9

St. Appolonia was arrested during a persecution of Christians. After having her teeth torn out, she was burned at the stake. While her body was reduced to ashes, her soul was borne into glory of heaven.

And Thou hast delivered me, according to the multitude of the mercy of Thy name, from them that sought my life, and from the ages of afflictions which compassed me about: from the oppression of the flame which surrounded me, and in the midst of the fire I was burned. — Epistle: Eccles.

The Imitation of Christ
Fear God and thou shalt not be afraid of the terrors of man.
Possibly you have had a tooth extracted some time in your life, and you remember the painful sensation. Our saint today had her teeth struck out with a heavy iron hammer and forced down her throat. We could scracely endure a thing like that, but it did not kill her, for she was finally martyred by being burned alive.
People pray to St. Apollonia when they have a toothache or are about to have some serious work done on their teeth. It is well to remember this. Today, when somebody complains to you that he has a bad headache or a toothache or some other aches, sympathize with him and don’t say “If you knew the bad headache I has yesterday,” etc.
An empty barrel makes the most noise.