Jesus, and the Lives of the Saints

...Father, said I, Do you see (for example) this pitcher lying, a pitcher or whatsoever it may be? And he said, I see it. And I said to him, Can it be called by any other name than that which it is? And he answered, No. So can I call myself nought other than that which I am, a Christian.

Vita, Saint Perpetua

It is not solely on a world-historical level that Jesus is seen as the turning point of history; indeed, his transformative influence is perhaps most apparent - and most deeply felt - in the personal histories of devout Christians. The life of St. Perpetua attests to the deep impress Jesus has left upon those who have followed his life and teachings. Born to pagan parents in the second century, Perpetua converted to Christianity at a young age and became an ardent believer in Christ. Unwilling to compromise her faith, she refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods of her native Carthage and was arrested. While imprisoned awaiting trial, Perpetua’s resolve was strengthened by a series of dreams in which she witnessed her own salvation. In spite of her father’s pleas to submit and her anguish at having to leave her infant son motherless, Perpetua remained steadfast. In 203 A.D., she was savagely executed along with several other Christians. Her last worldly act was to kiss a fellow Christian martyr.
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