|St. Catherine of Alexandria|
by Juan Correa,
Museo Nacional de Arte
Mexico City, Mexico
Saint Catherine of Alexandria was a Greek princess in the 4th century. She was very beautiful, and she was very, very smart. When she was 14, she learned about Jesus and became a Christian. Hundreds of people she knew also became Christians because of what she told them about Jesus. She went to see the Roman Emperor Maxentius to get him to stop persecuting Christians. He had her debate some of his best pagan teachers, but Catherine’s statements about Christ turned them into Christians, too. That made Maxentius angry. After Catherine convinced Maxentius’ wife to become a Christian, too, he lost his temper. He condemned her to death on a machine called the breaking wheel, but as soon as Catherine touched it, it fell apart.
In artwork, St. Catherine of Alexandria is often shown with the torture wheel that fell apart when she touched it. Here's a recipe for slice-and-bake pinwheel cookies to make in honor of her faithfulness to Jesus.