In God I trust; I shall not fear.-- Psalm 56:5
Mass readings:1 Samuel 18:6-9;19:1-7 / Mark 3:7-12
St. Agnes, the patron saint of young girls, was martyred for her belief and virtue in the year 314 at the age of 12 or 13. Her name means purity and she is often depicted holding a lamb. As the mother of a young daughter, I can attest to the fact that it's hard to find role models of chastity and purity in our day and age. Girls who try to be modest are often ridiculed by their peers, and society seems to support immoral and promiscuous behavior.
The good news is that our Catholic faith continues to uphold the dignity of the human person, promote self-respect and extol the same moral virtues that St. Agnes lived by and died for. Truly, they will never go out of style.
Prayer: St. Agnes, intercede for girls the world over to remain pure and strong in virtue.