March 7, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. — Psalm 95:8
Mass Readings: Jeremiah 7:23-28/Luke 11:14-23
No Other Name
I love this legendary story about today’s saints. I can imagine Perpetua could hear the echo of her baby’s cries, long after the guards pulled the screaming child from her arms, and the iron door had slammed shut. This young woman was a beautiful, well-educated noblewoman and a nursing mother. But above all, she was a servant of the Lord. Along with her slave girl, Felicity, she was imprisoned and martyred in the early third century for refusing to renounce her Christianity.
When Perpetua’s father begged her to change her mind, she pointed to a clay vessel. “Do you see this pot?” she asked. “Can it be called by any other name than what it is?” When he said “No,” she responded, “So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am — a Christian.”
Prayer: Lord, I would consider it a privilege to suffer for Your name.
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