Eulalia of Merida was born in Spain in the last decade of the third century. It is almost universally accepted that she suffered martyrdom for the faith. What little known else known of her to date is based mostly on legend. It is believed that Eulalia, as a twelve-year-old girl, tried to remonstrate with Judge Dacian of Merida for forcing Christians to worship false Gods in accord with the edict of Dioclectian. Even though Dacian was at first amused and tried to flatter her. Eulalia would not deny Christ.
Finally, Dacian ordered that her body be torn by iron hooks. Fire was applied to her wounds to increase her sufferings, and in the process her hair caught fire. She was asphyxiated by the smoke and flames, gaining the crown of martyrdom around the year 304.
In a very subtle way the world beckons to us to worship the false god of greed, lust, and anger. Like the young girl St. Eulalia, we are called to stand fast and cast aside the urgings of wordlings.
O God, creator of heaven and earth, you generously share with your people the fruits of your creation. Through the intercession of your servant St. Eulalia of Merida, may we in turn share our gifts with others generously. This we ask through Christ our lord. Amen.