At a time when most children did not go to school, Catherine was privately tutored because she came from a wealthy family. She was a gifted student and especially loved science and debating. Tradition tells us that she learned about Jesus through her studies and that she made the decision to become a Christian because of everything she learned.
Catherine lived in the third century, at a time when Christians were being persecuted by the Romans. She bravely offered to debate the Emperor’s philosophers about her belief in Christ. Catherine spoke so convincingly of her love for Jesus that many of the philosophers asked to be baptized. The Emperor had them put to death immediately.
Catherine, too, was sentenced to death. She died as a martyr for our faith. We honor St. Catherine of Alexandria on November 25. Catherine lived the Seventh Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Catherine told the truth about her faith in Christ. The Lord has rewarded her with everlasting life in heaven.