Most of the readings from this class have been more analytical in that they examine some of the findings of certain people who did specific research. However, this week’s article was particularly interesting as it tells the tale of these two Christian martyrs, Perpetua and Felicitas. This is a departure from the studies that this class has been going over since it portrays their faith and devotion to what they truly believed in.
Perpetua and Felicitas were brave women who stood up for their faiths and accepted death as martyrs until the end. When I read their stories, I was completely shocked at how they were willing to sacrifice their lives for their faiths in Christianity. For me, it sounded a bit like their devotion to their Christian faith was very strong in their sense. They refused to lie to Roman authorities or pay tribute to their pagan gods because they thought that it went against God’s Will, which was at the heart of their beliefs. To be able to give up your life for what you believed in is often difficult because such dedication at that final moment can be frightening to think about.
What seemed also shocking were the sacrifices they took for their children who were recently born. They wanted to make sure that their babies were taken care of since they could not do so when they were very close to their death sentence. It is always hard to give away your child when you have barely known them and you know that you will never see them again. This was true sacrifice in giving up their loved ones in order for them to be truly happy in their own life and then not being able to be a part of their lives.
Overall, this article was very intriguing from the faiths and devotions that these women displayed for others to see. Their deaths symbolized the sacrifices they had made for their children and their beliefs. It really touches the heart of the readers as they read this tragic story of these courageous women.