Today's Saints/Martyrs (March 6): Perpetua & Felicity, Martyrs
Perpetua & Felicity were martyred on March 7, 203. Both were catechumens arrested in Africa under the Roman rule of Emperor Septimius Severus, who struck out at new Christian converts.
He martyred the two of them at the arena at Carthage, together with three other catechumens - Revocatus, Saturus and Saturninus.
For a powerful account of their sufferings for the faith, consult the below-linked article from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
Whenever we celebrate the feast day of a martyr or martyrs, we would do well to ask ourselves, "Am I willing to stand up for the faith of Christ crucified, even unto death?"
Our Lord put it plainly, and Perpetua & Felicity lived it powerfully by their life: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."
" The ungodly laid wait for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies, O Lord: I see that all things come to an end: but thy commandment is exceeding broad." (The day's Introit, page F 42, The People's Anglican Missal)
Books Worth Considering
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
Fox's Book of Martyrs
Their Blood Cries Out
Reason Is Beguiled: On the Mystery of Martyrdom and of Total Self Gift
By Their Blood: Christian Martyrs of the Twentieth Century
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church