March 6, 2001
volume 12, no. 65

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6th and 7th

Tuesday, March 6, 2001    Meditation

    Lenten Weekday
      First Reading: Isaiah 55: 10-11
      Psalms: Psalm 34: 4-7, 16-19
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 6: 7-15

Wednesday, March 7, 2001    Meditation

    Lenten Weekday and
    Optional Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs
      First Reading: Jonah 3: 1-10
      Psalms: Psalm 51: 3-4, 12-13, 18-19
      Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 29-32
Feast of Saint Perpetual and Saint Felicity, Martyrs
        These two women were martyred at Carthage on the northern coast of what is today Libya by the Romans. Though persecution and the slaughter of Christians was terrible in Rome itself, the senseless slaying of Christians was even worse in Africa and Egypt. Though Perpetua's father tried to intercede so that she would not embarass the family, her faith was more important to her than family and she would not renounce her belief in Jesus Christ as her Savior. Her refusal to adhere to the pagan wishes of her father moved servants under her father to join her in her faith, one of which was Felicitas or Felicity as she has come to be known. A covey of wild animals from leopards to bears to wild bulls were unleashed on the helpless Christians in the great arena of Carthage and to the sadistic delight of thousands both Perpetua and Felicitas were gored to death by the bulls. They are commemorated daily in the Canon of the Mass among the mentioned martyrs.

March 6, 2001
volume 12, no. 65
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