— Virgin and Martyr
At the tomb of St. Agatha, St. Lucy obtained a miraculous cure for her mother. In gratitude St. Lucy distributed all her wealth to the poor and consecrated her virginity to Christ. Denounced as a Christian she rejoiced to shed her blood for Christ.
In patience hast thou possessed thy soul, Lucy, bride of Christ: thou hast hated the things that are in the world, and art glorified among the Angels: thou hast shed thy blood, and conquered the adversary. — First Vespers, Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
I am accustomed to visit My elect in two manner of ways; namely, by trial and by consolation.
St. Lucy is a very popular saint among the Italians, as you know. Dante has immortalized St. Lucy in his Divine Comedy. But mere hat waving and loud singing in any saint’s honor does not mean a thing if our life is not such that the saint need not blush at our demonstration.
Whether you are Italian or not, do honor to St. Lucy by some attempt at imitation of her courage. If you are Italian, you have all the greater reason.
Not he that saith: Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of My Father, Who is in heaven.