Ss. Perpetua and Felicitas
St. Perpetua had just become a mother and St. Felicitas was on the point of becoming one when they were arrested at Carthage during the persecution of Severus. When the judge told them that they were condemned to the wild beast, they were transported with joy.
Filled with the mystical joys which are the objects of our desires, grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to obtain by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs Perpetua and Felicitas the everlasting effects of what we do in life. — Postcommunion.
The Imitation of Christ
But they that love Jesus for Jesus’ sake, and not for the sake of some consolation of their own, bless Him no less in tribulation and anguish of heart than in the greatest consolation.
Both these saints were mothers of a family, and each had a very sweet little child when they were thrown into prison. THough an appeal was made to them to save their life for the child's sake by offering incense to the gods, they refused, thus withstanding the appeal of what is considered the strongest incentive in the world.
Our Lord has said “He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, which means that not anything in the world is to be preferred to God. If you stop to consider for just a moment some of the very contemptible things you have at times preferred to God, it will make you very humble and should make you very contrite.
My God and my All. — St. Francis