Agnes is among a host of young saints who were outstanding in the virtue of chastity and virginity. Of course, today she would find very few young women and men in our culture who truly felt so strongly about upholding these virtues, even to the point of death. Sadly, so many of our young adults cave in so easily to the pressure of pre-marital sex, masturbation, pornography and immodesty. A teacher recently told me how she became aware that it was not uncommon for a 5th grade girl to get pregnant and give birth to a baby or receive an abortion. A Catholic mother once lectured me about morality for her two sons and stated that she was going to make sure that her children are given all the information about how to protect themselves when having sexual intercourse. And, of course, I know for a fact that many mothers (and fathers too) make sure that their teenager daughters are put on the contraceptive pill at an early age because they feel they have no control over their children's sexual behavior.
Agnes is a saint for our young people. She stands in stark contrast to our culture of death and licentious, a culture which says, "If it feels good, it must be good." This is the morality people operate with today. Agnes' morality is based on the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the words of St. Paul, "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6: 9 – 10) "The body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. (1 Corinthians 6: 13 –14) Agnes took these words very seriously. Should we not also?