St. Agnes (Svata Aneska)
Agnes was the daughter of King Ottakar of Bohemia . She was engaged to Boleslaus when she was three and when he died, to Henry, son of Emperor Frederick II, when she was nine. She was overjoyed when Henry marred the daughter of the Duke of Austria, as she had offered her so God and hoped to live a life of austerity and virginity.
She is a legendary Christian martyr, the patron saint of girls. According to tradition, she was a beautiful virgin in Rome who turned away all suitors, declaring she could have no spouse but Jesus. The rejected suitors informed Roman officials that she was a Christian and she was pushed by being exposed in a brothel. There she was left miraculously unharmed; the only man who attempted to violate her was struck blind and she healed him with prayer.
Her brother affianced her to Frederick , and when in 1235 Frederick sent for her she petitioned Pope Gregory IX to intercede for her; when he did, Frederick released her from the engagement. In 1236 she built a convent for the Friars Minor in Prague , staffed by five nuns sent by St. Clare, and Agnes took the veil there. She was named abbess soon after and became renowned for her humility, aid to the poor, and her dedication to poverty. She died in Prague on March 2, 1282 . She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1989.
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