Biography: Saint Philomena

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St. Philomena was born on January 10th, 291 in Greece. St. Philomena’s name in latin is Filialuminis which means daughter of light. St. Philomena’s parents were both royal from a small state in Greece. St. Philomena did not have any siblings. When she was thirteen years old, Philomena was forced in marriage with Emperor Diocletian. “My virginity, which I have vowed to God, comes before everything, before you, before my country. My kingdom is Heaven.” St. Philomena rejected the emperor because she made a promise to herself that her virginity belonged to God. Because St. Philomena would not accept his hand in marriage, he forced guards to unclothe her and whip her. Thinking her wounds were irreparable, the guards chained her up in a dungeon,…show more content…
Clare. She was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1837. Pope Gregory XVI named her Patroness of the Living Rosary and Patroness of the Child of Mary. St. Philomena is also known as The Anchor of Hope and remembered as a very holy person. Her tomb was discovered in the catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome on May 25, 1802. Beside her tomb were three tiles written with the words LUMENA PAXTE CUMFI which means “Peace be with you Philomena” and drawings of two anchors, three arrows, a palm, and a lily representing her martyrdom and virginity. Next to her tomb was a vial containing her blood. Today, St. Philomena’s sacred body is located in Mugnano del Cardinale Avellino, Italy.
St. Philomena follows the commandments of our Lord Jesus. She loved God with all her heart because she devoted her life and virginity to God. She loved Him so much that she was willing to sacrifice herself for Him. St. Philomena put God above everyone, including her father and mother. Although she did not listen to her parents by refusing to marry the emperor, she still loved them and cared for them. She not only treated her parents with respect, but she still treated and loved her neighbors as herself. In spite the fact that she was tortured, she did not fight back, harm, or express any negativity towards anyone, especially the emperor.
“Pray to Saint Philomena. Whatever you ask from her, She will obtain for you.” - Pope Gregory XVI. St. Philomena is known as “The Wonder Worker”
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