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St. Philomena 

On May 24th 1802, excavators working deep in the catacombs of Rome came upon a sealed tomb that had never been violated. Engraved on the outside were the symbols of martyrdom and an inscription bearing the name of the Saint that would become known as “The wonder-worker of the 20th century,” long before her story even became known.   St. Philomena was the daughter of a king in a small Grecian state sometime during the time of the Roman Empire. She traveled to Rome when she was about 13, accompanying her parents on a trip to plead for mercy from the emperor who had declared war upon their state. The emperor asked for her hand in marriage, but was rejected since by this time, Philomena had already made a vow of virginity. She was tortured and attempts were made to put her to death, but she was healed from her wounds, the arrows turned on the archers, or she was cut loose from an anchor thrown into the sea and carried safely to shore by angels. Many people were converted upon witnessing these acts of Divine intervention, and St. Philomena finally received her martyrs crown when a lance was driven through the back of her head.   Buried in haste, and unknown for centuries, this virgin martyr was reserved by God for our times. Since the discovery of her remains, she has lavishly bestowed God’s blessings on whoever seeks her aid.

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