Born: mid 3rd century
Died: late 3rd century to early 4th century (executed by her father)
Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast Day: December 4
Barbara lived in the fourth century, but much of what is said about her seems to be legend. She is believed to have been the daughter of a pagan named Dioscorus during the reign of Emperor Maximian.
Barbara resisted her father’s wish that she marry. Then on one occasion, during her father’s absence, Barbara had three windows inserted into a bathhouse her father was constructing. Her purpose was thereby to honor the Trinity.
Dioscorus was enraged by Barbara’s action; therefore, he took her to a mountain place and killed her. Reportedly, Dioscorus was destroyed by fire from heaven immediately afterward as he descended from the mountain.
Barbara is the patroness of Architects and builders and one of the 14 Holy Helpers.
Reflection: The life of Saint Barbara is a vivid reminder that there can be much anger in our world and in our lives. Being in touch with God’s presence in a very special way can do much toward relieving ourselves of our tendency to allow anger to control us.
Prayer: O God, Your Son, Jesus, patiently instructed His followers in Your Word. Through the intercession of Your servant, Saint Barbara, may we always imitate the patience of the God-made-man and be satisfied with Your gifts. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
NEXT PAGE - ABOUT SAINT BENEDICT OF NURSIA