By Anne Eileen Heffernan FSP
Some of the best-loved saints of the Church are featured in a revised and up to date version of a vintage assortment. splendidly written biographies and illustrations of Saints Lucy, Monica, Augustine, Benedict, Francis Xavier, Edith Stein, Juan Diego, Katharine Drexel, and so forth. excellent for intermediate readers and faculty or church libraries.
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He urged all Christians to be humble and kind and to give good example to everybody. During Nero’s rule as emperor, a fierce persecution of Christians broke out in Rome. Nero didn’t understand why Christians wouldn’t worship him, as Roman law required, and why they wouldn’t pray to the Roman gods. Peter was taken prisoner and put on trial. He was sentenced to death together with Paul, another great disciple of Jesus. Since Paul was a Roman citizen, he would be beheaded. Not being a Roman citizen, Peter would suffer the crueler punishment of crucifixion.
Although she was young, Cecilia understood what the persecutions meant. ” she asked. “Every day so many die in the arena while people laugh at them. ” Cecilia’s mother told her, “It’s good to feel sorry for people who die because of their faith in Jesus. But we should be happy for them, too. The martyrs are killed because they love Jesus and believe he is God. ” “Oh, no, Cecilia! ” Cecilia could not hide her great desire for martyrdom, and often talked about it with her mother. If her mother was busy, Cecilia would talk with Lyda, one of the family’s servants, whom she loved like a sister.
First with kindness and then with threats, they tried to change her mind, but it was no use. Thecla refused to give up her Christian faith. Finally Thecla was taken before the governor, who tried to make her give up her belief. “For your own good, leave this new religion to the miserable and to the poor for whom it seems to have been made. ” the governor urged. “No, I cannot obey you,” Thecla bravely replied. ” “You are a proud and superstitious girl,” the governor retorted. “You no longer listen to reason.