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Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
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Double (1955 Calendar): March 6
Optional Memorial (1969 Calendar): March 7

Today is the Optional Memorial of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. St. Perpetua was young, beautiful, and well-educated a noblewoman of Carthage. She also was the mother of an infant son. Some of St. Perpetua's writings remain:

“When my father in his affection for me was trying to turn me from my purpose by arguments and thus weaken my faith, I said to him, ‘Do you see this vessel—waterpot or whatever it may be? Can it be called by any other name than what it is?’ ‘No,’ he replied. ‘So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am—a Christian.’”

During a period of persecution, Perpetua, Felicity (a slavewoman and expectant mother) and their three companions, Revocatus, Secundulus and Saturninus were all martyred because of their refusal to denounce their faith in Christ. Perpetua and Filicity were beheaded and their three companions were devoured by beasts. Felicity was martyred just three days after giving birth. Perpetua's mother also refused to denounce her faith so Perpetua's pagan father had her imprisoned.

Imagine that - these five willingly refused to deny Our Lord and chose giving up their lives instead. We too must have that faith! We must not be afraid of losing our reputation or jobs for our faith in Christ and His Church. Sts. Perpetua and Filicity refused to give up their faith in Christ and earned eternal reward.

"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:11-12)

As Sts. Perpetua and Felicity illustrate, we must not be afraid to stand firm to our beliefs. We must never back down from the firm truths of the Catholic faith, the same faith that for which those two saints died. This is same faith that proclaims that Jesus Christ must be the center of our lives and hearts.

Read more about these two saints.

Here is an account of their coming deaths:

Now the day had arrived when they were to be thrown to the wild beasts. Felicitas began to be sorrowful because she feared she would have to wait longer than her companions. For eight months she had been pregnant and therefore, according to Roman law, could not be executed before the birth of the child. But the prayers of her fellow sufferers hastened her time and she gave birth to a baby girl.

While she was suffering from the pains of childbirth, one of the guards called out to her, "If you are suffering so much now, what will you do when you are thrown to the wild beasts?" "Now I suffer," she answered, "but there Another will be in me, who will suffer for me, because I will suffer for Him." When she was in travail she had sorrow, but when she was set before the wild beasts she rejoiced" ( Martyrology).

Prayer:

O Lord, who are filled with mystic gifts and joys, beseech Thee, that at the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas, we may obtain the spiritual effect of that rite which we are now completing. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

2 comments:

del_button November 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM
Anonymous said...

I am 12 and am doing a saint report and this really helped me God bless and thank you

del_button March 6, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Mr. Mcgranor said...

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

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