History of Santa Domenica

History of Santa Domenica

History of Santa Domenica

Domenica, daughter of Arsenia and Doroteo, was born in 287 d.c. in Tropea, Calabrian city, when in Rome reigned Diocletian Augustus.
From a young age, she showed a great adherence to Christian principles and a predilection for the poor. She consecrated her virginity to Christ Jesus, oblivious to the enticements of the world, which also proved so sensitive to his angelic beauty.
Probably, because of her refusal to marry, she was reported to the Emperor. At that time, the persecution ordered by Diocletian raged with unprecedented ferocity; the sacred places of Christians, escaped the previous persecutions, were desecrated and destroyed, their homes looted, their goods confiscated.
Diocletian, who loved to personally take care of the trials of Christians of noble origin, commanded that Domenica and her parents were conducted before him. Thus began, for the Saint, the ascent to Calvary, the painful journey towards martyrdom. Summoned to worship the pagan gods to save her life, solemnly she professed her faith in Christ, but the reaction of the defeated was immediate and vehement: she was stripped naked, flogged, beaten in every way, separate from the parents.
The toughest test that Domenica had to suffer was, undoubtedly, be entrusted to some women of ill reput.
However, the recourse to prayer was the only refuge and source of consolation for Domenica that continually craved martyrdom, firmly believes that “All things work together for good to them that love God”.
Then, she was sentenced to die torn by wild beasts, but these, for inexplicable privilege, showed meek with her. She was therefore condemned to death by the sword.
Conducted outside the walls of Nola, after thanking the Lord for having preserved pure and strong until the extreme test, she bowed her head, she handed it over to the executioner that severed it with a single blow.