St. Perpetua

Image Courtesy of "Someone is Special"

Stand in hope and love
Walk upward with shining steps
Martyrs steadfast faith

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Perpetua was a well-educated, young, Greek, Christian convert from Northern Africa.  She was martyred.  We know about her because she kept a diary of her time in prison that has survived to this day.  She was the mother of a two-year-old.  She dreamed of climbing upwards in her faith journey on a ladder very different from our picture here.  Her ladder was covered with all manner of things that would injure and cause pain.  And it had a serpent wrapped into it.  In her dream, she bravely ascended the ladder on the serpent's head.  In life, even in a Roman prison, she cared for others, encouraged them, and strengthened them in faith.

I've had other musings on Perpetua and one of her co-martyrs, Felicity here.  And here

More information on Saint Perpetua here



  1. lisa said on February 22, 2011
    My image is from a cartoon, of two angels sitting at the bottom of very long stairs, while at their feet is a twirling slide, the type from an amusement park. There are two signs: "stairway to heaven" and "slide to hell" - one angel says to the other, "Boy, ya gotta admit it, we are up against some stiff competition." It is both comedy and tragedy at once, just as life is.
  2. danroberson said on February 22, 2011
    Just like climbing a mountain: never look down unless you're prepared to let go, keep courage close, and focus on the goal. Thanks for sharing.
  3. sarah malik said on February 22, 2011
    that was a divine thought! Thnks for sharing it...felt touched :)
  4. trisha said on February 22, 2011
    fabulous one CM. wonderfully written. trisha
  5. Mike Patrick said on February 22, 2011
    Beautiful, and thank you for the education on Perpetua.
  6. Becca Givens said on February 22, 2011
    Insightful post - thank you not only for the Haiku pen but the fascinating information on Perpetua. ~becca~
  7. Someone is Special said on February 23, 2011
    walk upward with shinnning steps.. Great.. Someone is Special
  8. Bodhirose said on February 23, 2011
    What an inspiration Perpetua was. Thank you for sharing her story today--I did not know this. I like your haiku tribute to her.
  9. LBTL said on February 23, 2011
    Thank you for the background information on your Haiku. I do like her idea of the steps, made the reality of life and christianity to life. Thanks

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