Blog / katherine
"Man’s important invention, the wheel, has come to symbolize every form of advancement. Often we refer to the wheels of progress or the wheel of fortune or fate. For a martyred saint of Egypt in the fourth century, however, the wheel became the symbol of death as stark as the guillotine of France. When St. Katherine died in agony on a spiked wheel – devised to make her death a protracted process of pain – her lifelong radiance as a brilliant Christian continued to glow and is still manifest in the shrines that have been erected in her memory.