July 11, 2003

The day of the martyrs' victory dawned...

Read some of Eusebius: The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine last night and it served almost as a lectio divina for me. Deliver me, Oh Lord, from words! (Except your words! :) This book is full of acts. Novelists are constantly admonished to "show, don't tell" and reading the Gospels or reading the history of martyrs serves to show instead of telling me.

I recall the ebullient moment I chanced upon the stories of Perpetua and Felicity. Sometimes I find them in the corners of my dreams. The day of the martyrs' victory dawned. They marched from their cells into the amphitheater, as if into heaven...
           

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