A little over a year later I would find that practicing dentistry was no longer possible through a series of joint dislocations in my hands and a new diagnosis of a genetic condition affecting the joints among other things. As my professional career as a practicing endodontist came to an early end I found myself often thinking of St. Apollonia. It seemed a wonderful consolation to me that although I had a short career treating patients maybe my career path had somehow been blessed from the beginning. Through wonderful blessings from Our Lord and the intercession of St. Apollonia despite the deterioration of my hands I still am able to teach part-time in the Endodontic Division at our State Dental School.
Not a great deal is known about St. Apollonia but it is believed that she suffered torture which included blows that broke her teeth. Yet despite such cruel torture St. Apollonia refused to renounce her faith. She was martyred in 249. She is also considered the patron saint of dental disease. Today at the end of our Children's Rosary one of the adult members of our group approached me with a dental question. He shared with me that he had just suffered a broken tooth. He was concerned about it and a possible dental infection. It then came to mind that today was the Feast of St. Apollonia and that maybe St. Apollonia who suffered from many fractured teeth might be of help.
Tonight as her Feast day comes to a close I would like to pray in a special way to St. Apollonia for our Children's Rosary intention. I invite others to pray to her as well. This is an old prayer to St. Apollonia for her intercession: