Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity
Last month for #SaintSaturday we looked into the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Today we look at Saint Perpetua and Saint Felicity.
These two women died as martyrs, during a time when Christians were being persecuted. Despite the risk of choosing to follow Christ, and even having children of their own – born and unborn respectively – these two women would not deny Christ. They, along with others, were thrown into prison awaiting the day they would be attacked by animals, and they still chose Christ.
Saint Perpetua said something very powerful to her father when he begged that she not refer to herself as a Christian: “Do you see this vessel—waterpot or whatever it may be? Can it be called by any other name than what it is? So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am—a Christian.”
These two women understood that life was not worth living, if it was not lived for Christ. Their lives were about Christ and there was nothing and no one above it. What about me? When others look at my life would they know that I am a Christian? What are my priorities? What do I spend most of my time on? Do I do anything specifically for Christ?
Dear sister, the more we focus wholeheartedly on Christ, the more He can guide our lives. May we allow our lives to be centred around Him, rather than around us, one moment at a time. We’re not promised a comfortable journey, but we are guaranteed that it will be worth it.