Death | Example | Joy | Martyrdom | Persecution | Perspective | Story | Suffering | Testimony

Alban Butler’s book, Lives of the Saints, gives numerous accounts of victorious martyrs. Here are a few of the many that typify the joy in their suffering: In A.D. 203, five young people who lived in the city-state of Carthage were arrested as Christians and imprisoned. An account in Greek by one of them, a young woman named Perpetua, survives. Perpetua, who was carrying a small baby, wrote that after the judge “condemned us to the wild beasts, we returned joyfully to our prison.” Another victim of third century persecution was a brother named Laurence. He was a deacon in the Roman Church who, when he heard he was to be arrested, “was full of joy… and…

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