Friday, March 07, 2008

Sts Perpetua and Felicity

My Confirmation Saints.

March 6 is the anniversary of my Confirmation, and of the Confimation of two of my older sons ~ Nicholas and Gregory. We were confirmed together, in the 'old Rite' and 'old Mass', in 1997.

With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity," was so popular in the early centuries that it was read during liturgies.

Perpetua's last words were to her brother. "Stand fast in the faith and love one another."

Not a bad motto for one's life.

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