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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Feast Day of Saints Perpetua and Felicity - March 7

 Saints Perpetua and Felicity
March 7

Today we celebrate the feast day of two courageous women of the 3rd century, Saint Perpetua a noblewoman and Saint Felicity her servant. We are fortunate to have a written record of their martyrdom, a diary known as “The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity.”

Saint Perpetua wrote, “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—water pot 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 the persecutions of Septimus Sevetus, Perpetua and Felicity died at Carthage in the amphitheater tied to a net and torn to pieces by a bull. The last recorded words of Saint Perpetua were, “Stand fast in the faith and love one another.”

Faith hope and love are not simply commitments made once, or feelings that come and go. Sts. Perpetua and Felicity Pray for Us. Help us to persevere in faith even in the most difficult of times.

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