Today's Saint (January 21): Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
Agnes is a 4th century Virgin and Martyr who is said to have lost her life for the Faith during the Diocletian persecution.
Legend says she refused to offer incense at the pagan altar of Minerva, and for that was martyred. Her refusal to bend to the pagans of her time remind us to do the same, in a world much like hers - filled with false gods and self-indulgences.
We do well to remember, with Agnes, that "the ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies, O Lord, above all else." (Introit for her mass, page E16, People's Anglican Missal)
Books Worth Considering
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
Fox's Book of Martyrs
Their Blood Cries Out
Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom and of Total Self Gift
By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church