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Women, Mothers, Martyrs: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

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Some of my favorite faith-related posts I’ve written live over on the Blessed Is She blog–I’m so grateful to play a tiny role in their ministry as a regular contributor. Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite posts I’ve written from their archives, since I haven’t always been great about updating y’all when I have something new to share there. Especially if you’re interested in Catholic lifestyle topics or Saints, I hope you enjoy catching up!

The post I wanted to share today is particularly special to me, in a way I never expected it would be when I pitched it. After I heard a striking homily on Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, two third-century martyrs who are mentioned in the Roman Canon at Mass, I was inspired to learn more about them. As it turns out, St. Perpetua’s diary chronicling her imprisonment is one of the earliest surviving pieces of writing by a Christian woman—I think that alone makes it worth spending some time with! Find my greatest takeaways from it, along with why I believe their story is relevant to modern women, on Blessed Is She here.

The post went live on March 7 (their feast day) last year…the same day that Dave and I found out we had lost our second baby to miscarriage. I had spent almost the exact amount of time that I knew about our baby praying through, researching, and writing the post. It felt only fitting that we named our baby Felicity, in honor of these women, mothers, and martyrs I had spent my short pregnancy getting to know. They’ll always be such special Saints to our family as a result.

To celebrate their feast day on Saturday, I’m planning to do something special with my hair (a fun, but actually very meaningful, idea from The Catholic All Year Compendium). On any martyr’s feast day, I try to pray a rosary for persecuted Christians around the world. It’s sometimes hard to remember/believe that there have been more martyrs in the last century than there were in all the previous combined, but it’s a truth that desperately needs our prayers. Finally, on a more personal note, we’ll be making a stop by our Felicity Emilia’s grave to leave some daffodils, which will always remind us of her. If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, I’d love to pray for you too. Please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a message on Instagram so I can do so by name, and keep us in your prayers this weekend as well. We are grateful! xo

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  1. Dana

    March 17th, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Always praying for you and your babies

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