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Why did St. Lucy become a saint?

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Saint Lucy became a saint as she refused to renounce her Christian faith after her mother married her off to a rich pagan. Initially, Lucy devoted her virginity and goods to God, but after her father died and she lost her guardian, her mother arranged a marriage with a pagan man. It was when Lucy began distributing her goods to the poor that her husband sought her persecution.

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Lucy was born to a rich family around 283. After her father died, her mother sought a marriage, as she suffered from a bleeding disorder and believed Lucy would be left alone. Prior to this, Lucy had committed her life, goods and virginity to God and wished to give her dowry to the poor. Following her betrothal, she dreamed that Saint Agatha visited her and said that her faith would cure her mother. When Lucy subsequently handed her dowry to the poor, her husband sought her persecution. The Governor of Syracuse initially requested that Lucy make a sacrifice to the emperor, and when she refused he confined her to a brothel.

Lucy's story states that the men who tried to remove her to a brothel were physically unable to, and so they chose to kill her instead. When they found they could not burn her either, they stabbed her with a sword. Lucy's story was venerated by the 6th century, and her feast day is held on December 13. She is the Patron Saint of Blindness.

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