Apollonia had spent her whole life serving God. Now that she was growing old, she did not take time to rest. She bravely risked her life to comfort the Christians in prison when a persecution began.
"Remember that the suffering will not last long," she would say. "But the joys of Heaven will last forever." At last, Apollonia, too, was captured. When the judge asked her name, she courageously said,
"I am a Christian and I love and serve the true God." Apollonia was made to suffer greatly because she would not give up her Faith. First, all her teeth were smashed and then pulled out. That is why we pray to St. Apollonia when we have a toothache. The Saint was then told that if she did not deny Christ, she would be thrown into the fire. Apollonia was not afraid. She chose to die rather than sin. When the pagans saw her heroic action, many of them were converted.
The martyrs greatly desired to shed their blood for Christ. And what do we do for Him? Are we strong enough to stand a little suffering for His love?
A coloring picture can be found below.