Monday, July 19, 2010
St. Justa (St. Justus) and St. Rufina, were sisters from Seville, Spain who made earthenware pottery for a living. St. Justa, born in 268, and St. Rufina, born in 270, took pride in their work and refused to sell their vessels for pagan use.
That didn't sit well with the locals so they broke and smashed all their pottery. In retaliation, the virgins broke a statue of the goddess, Venus. So Diogenianus, the prefect, ordered St. Justa and St. Rufina imprisoned.
They were stretched out on racks and had their sides torn open with hooks. Although they were given an opportunity to offer a sacrifice to an idol and then be released, the sisters refused.
St. Justa died on the rack and St. Rufina was strangled. Together their bodies were burned. They died in 287 and their feast day is today.