I cried, at the end of this movie. Probably for multiple reasons. The last scene is very sad. Yet, I am inspired by her bravery.
Saint Barbara ~ Pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour, of our death. Amen.
According to legend, Barbara was the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant named Dioscorus who shut her up in a tower to keep her away from Christian influences. The only visitors he allowed were a series of brilliant philosophers and tutors who were supposed to educate Barbara about the pagan gods. All his efforts were undone at night, however, when Barbara stared at the stars and understood that they could not have been made by her father’s gods. She managed to contact the Christians, received instruction, and was baptized.
When Barbara revealed her conversion to her father, he denounced her to the governor. The governor tried to persuade Barbara to honor his gods, and when she refused, he had her whipped. The whip turned into peacock feathers, and her wounds were miraculously healed. The governor then commanded that Barbara be beheaded. The executioner moved slowly, so Dioscorus seized the ax himself and cut off his daughter’s head, then boasted that the emperor should honor him for this service. At that point, a thunderbolt fell from heaven and reduced him to a pile of ashes.
Read more of St Barbara’s Biography: Saint Barbara
One of the earliest known Christian martyrs, Barbara lived in Nicomedia (Turkey) around the third century. She lived during the Roman Empire, which was still a pagan society requiring emperor worship. Tradition relates that her father was a prominent man in the Roman government, and that he had a tower constructed to isolate her from the world, perhaps to protect her from unwanted suitors.
Read more: History of Saint Barbara
My Two Cents Worth
My ex’s first girlfriend he cared to name, name was “Barbara.” I will pray for him and her. Our kids saw them out, on a date, on Labor Day 1978. After that day, our eldest son started having “night terrors.” Perhaps Saint Barbara has been praying for us all, for a very long time. I hope so. We’re still going, to need her prayers.