July 10, 2012
I came in to check the news at Catholic.org and I was directed to an article about a woman who had taken pictures of the abortion of her 6 week baby with her cellphone. I saw the pictures. I gasped. I wept. Then I thought about the saints of the day. In the new calendar it is the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, 2 mothers who suffered over their children and died martyrs. Their story is well worth a read, it is beautiful. In the Traditional Rite, the we celebrate the feast of the seven brother martyrs, the sons of St. Felicitas. After being tempted in vain by Publius, the prefect, during the reign of Marcus Arelius, to adore idols, were put to death while their mother exhorted them to martyrdom. Can you imagine? Januarius was scourged with leaded whips; Felix and Philip were beaten with clubs; Silvanus was thrown headlong from a great height; Alexander, Vitalis and Martial were beheaded. *in front of their own mother who encouraged them* Their mother, finally, died a martyr 4 months later.
Please pray for Jane. I named her baby Felicity, which means Happiness.