The Scandal of the Virgin Martyrs
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In Greek and Roman epics, the heroes are men who conquer by violence. But in early Christianity the epic heroes were often heroines—specifically those who had suffered violence rather than submit to a patriarchy that despised them for what they were. The virgin martyrs refused to conform to society’s idea of womanhood. In a time of demographic winter, they refused to marry and bear children for the good of the empire. They consecrated their lives to Christ instead. Thus they were seen as a threat to traditional family values. What would happen to the world if all women began to behave like Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, and Anastasia?
St. Ambrose, Concerning Virginity https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/34071.htm
St. Jerome, Letter 130 https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3001130.htm
Mike Aquilina’s website https://fathersofthechurch.com
Mike Aquilina’s books https://catholicbooksdirect.com/writer/mike-aquilina/
Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed http://www.ccwatershed.org
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