by Ercole de Roberti
Apollonia was an important woman in the Church around the year 249. But she lived in Alexandria, Greece, and Christianity was against the law. An angry mob gathered around her, and some men hit her in the face until all her teeth were knocked out. Then they built a big fire and told her to renounce Jesus or they would throw her into the flames. Apollonia chose the fire instead of denying Christ.
Because of how Saint Apollonia was tortured, she’s considered the patroness of toothaches and dental diseases. Today, pray for anybody you know who has a dental problem…and be sure you floss and brush your teeth well to take care of them.