Saint Barbara's Life Essay

1281 words - 5 pages

A beautiful woman, loved by her parents, apple of her father’s eye, and yet kept alone, one would not think this young lady would be connected to the powerful Air Defense Artillery, however, this young woman is the Patron Saint of the Air Defense Artillery. Her name is Barbara and she was executed long before her time, but when she died, a most extraordinary event occurred, to make her the center of the Air Defense Artillery. Upon her death, a lightning bolt came from the sky and killed her father as he was walking home. In this paper, you will read about the life and death of Saint Barbara and how she is incorporated with the Air Defense Artillery.
Saint Barbara’s life was undeniably an isolated one. Her parents built a vast tower with all the necessities and accommodations for her to live in 290 AD, in the Anatolian city of Heliopolis, where her father, Dioscuros, was the governor. While locked away, she had two windows in which she could gaze upon the outside world. Every day she looked out of those windows and slowly discovered Christianity by the amount of beauty in the outside world. Even though she was utterly isolated from the outside world, she was still an admired woman. Rumors of her beauty and charm spread throughout and many military officers asked her father for her hand in marriage. Barbara did not like the idea of her father picking her husband for her and once she became aware of these offers for marriage, she told her father that she would commit suicide if she was forced to wed. One day while she was still coming more and more into Christianity, her father left town for another city giving specific instructions and building plans to workers for a new bathhouse for her daughter. Knowing that her father was out of town, she took this opportunity to leave the tower she was in and watch the building of her new addition. While she was observing the builders, she noticed that there were only to be two windows in this bathhouse. Assuming full responsibility, she instructed the builders to add a third window to the structure. These three windows represent the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. After talking to the workers, she knelt down by the pool in her new bathhouse and drew a cross into the marble. As her finger swept across the marble, it chiseled a cross into the stone and it was at that point in time she felt the Holy Spirit and began to pray for guidance.
Later that day, her fathered returned from his trip. When he discovered the third window, he had asked her the reasoning behind it. At this point, she knew it was time to admit of her newfound Christianity. She explained the cross using her fingers and how it represented the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Once he had heard her reasoning, he became outraged and forgot that she was his daughter. He immediately drew his sword and threatened to kill her right there in the tower. Barbara became so scared for her life that she ran to...

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