If ever Catholics and other Christians needed inspiration from the early martyrs of the Church, that time is now. ThisSaturday, January 21, is the feast day of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. She died at age 13 in 304 during a bloody persecution undertaken by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Agnes refused to worship the Roman idols and a judge threatened to send her to a house of prostitution but the first man to approach her was struck blind by a flash of light. In Latin, Agnes means “lamb” and on her feast day there is a blessing of the lambs, the wool of which is used to weave the palliums worn by archbishops. In this short video from Rome Reports you can see Pope Francis bless the lambs. St. Agnes, pray for us!