St. Thérèse of Lisieux was enamored by the strength and fervor of several female martyrs including St. Agnes, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Cecilia. She so loved St. Agnes that it was said that while on pilgrimage in Rome, she took a red mosaic stone from St. Agnes' burial place in the Catacombs, by climbing down an opening where the ruins lay! She called this early saint, 'a childhood friend' [Story of a Soul]. She even wrote to her beloved sister Pauline, who became known as Mother Agnes of Jesus, shortly before entering Carmel in 1887, "Thérèse, the little Spouse of Jesus, loves Him for Himself; she only looks on the Face of her Beloved to catch a glimpse of the Tears which delight her with their secret charm...At all cost I must win the palm of St. Agnes; if it cannot be mine through blood, I must win it by Love." [See www.pathsoflove.com/pdf/ThereseLetters.pdf]
St. Agnes' feast day is today! She was a young Roman girl who promised her life to God. Because of her beauty many men wanted to marry her, but she always refused, saying "Jesus Christ is my only Spouse." One of them became so angry when she refused him, he turned her in for being a Christian. She was then tortured and killed for refusing to deny her faith. She was only thirteen years old when she was martyred. She is the patron of young girls, and is often pictured holding a lamb, as her name is very similar to the Latin word "Agnus" which means lamb.
Below, is a beautiful song that St. Therese composed to honor this special Feast Day of Virgin and Martyr St. Agnes.
CANTICLE OF ST. AGNES.