Saint for the Day - May 31 - St. Petronilla
Among the disciples of
the apostles in the primitive age of saints this
holy virgin shone as a bright star in the Church.
She lived when Catholics were more solicitous to
live well than to write much: they knew how to die
for Christ, but did not compile long books in which
vanity has often a greater share than charity. Hence
no particular account of her actions has been handed
down to us. But how eminent her sanctity was we may
judge from the lustre by which it was distinguished
among apostles, prophets, and martyrs.
She is said to have been a daughter of the apostle
St. Peter; that St. Peter was married before his
vocation to the apostleship we learn from the
Gospel. St. Clement of Alexandria assures us that
his wife attained to the glory of martyrdom, at
which Peter himself encouraged her, bidding her to
remember Our Lord. But it seems not certain whether
St. Petronilla was more than the spiritual daughter
of that apostle. She flourished at Rome, and was
buried on the way to Ardea, where in ancient times a
cemetery and a church bore her name.
Saint for the Day - St. Petronilla
Read about the Saint for today - May 31 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
With the saints the great end
for which they lived was always
present to their minds, and they
thought every moment lost in
which they did not make some
advances toward eternal bliss.
How will their example condemn
at the last day the trifling
fooleries and the greatest part
of the conversation and
employments of the world, which
aim at nothing but present
amusements, and forget the only
important affair—the business of
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