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5. Perpetua In the year 202, Perpetua became a Christian. In the Roman Empire, joining the Church was not exactly a career-builder. In fact, she was quickly arrested and sentenced to death. Perpetua had an infant son at the time, and although she wasn’t eating any food while in prison awaiting execution, her baby was brought to her every single day to be nursed. Up to and including her very last moment of life, Perpetua fulfilled her vocation as mother, loved her son the best she could, and prepared to meet him one day again in eternity. Perpetua is a good saint to ask for prayers for mothers who are separated from their children. Her best parenting tip: Sometimes the best mothering is to be a good example.

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