Saint Cecilia and Minerva from In the Time of the Butterflies
To get the title as being a martyr you would have had to voluntarily be put to death because you were strongly fighting for what you believed in and people in high power who are not all for what you are doing putting you through complete torture. When you die for what you believed in you are not seen as a weak person who just gave up, you would be forever known as a strong individual or group of people who were not afraid to put up a fight. Here are a few females who were martyred because of their beliefs. Saint Felicitas was martyred along with her seven sons and the sick thing was is that they had her watch her sons being murdered. Blandina was tortured to death she was holding on for so long that the perpetrators became very tired and they took her out to an amphitheater and days later she was killed by throwing her in front of a wild steer. Catherine of Alexandria converted hundreds of people to Christians and she was supposed to die by the breaking of the wheel but when she touched it, it had fallen into pieces and they had decided to behead her instead. The one martyr that we are going to talk about is Saint Cecilia.
Saint Cecilia was born into a very wealthy family and was a Christian at birth. When she was a young child, she vowed her virginity to God. Being a Christian, everyone knows that it’s a sin to have sex before marriage. Back in the day, there were arranged marriages and young people were getting married to people that they don’t even love. Saint Cecilia had to marry saint Valerian even though she didn’t want to. Because of this, she told him that an angel of God appeared and wanted her to remain a virgin. Her husband wanted to see this angel, but he became a pagan and was going to have to get baptized in order to see the angel. She also managed to convert his brother, she spent a lot of converting other people as well and this is what got her killed. Both her husband and her brother in law was martyred before she was. Cecilia was one of the most famous roman martyrs. Cecilia was brought in for a trial and then was sentenced to her death. It took days for her to die and it has been said that because she converted so many people, they were showing up to take care of her as she was dying. They tormented her for days with fire and smoke in a bathhouse but because she was still alive, they then decided to try and behead her, she was then stuck on the neck with a sword three times and she was still alive after that and just basically bled to death. She was buried in the catacomb of St. Callistus, near Rome. She became the patron saint of musicians and music.
In the Time of the Butterflies book, Minerva was not born into a wealthy family like Cecilia was. She was the “ringleader” in her family, and they looked to her for direction. She wanted to go into law ever since she was little so then she could one day have a voice for her country. She went to law school and graduated from there, but Trujillo denied her license. She married a man named Manolo and together they started the militant resistance movement. She had two kids Minou and Manolito. Minerva and her sisters were killed because they did not like the cruel and unusual government of the one and only Trujillo. Trujillo caught the tree sisters very off guard when they were coming back from visiting their husbands. They were beaten, clubbed, and strangled to death. Minerva became a martyr because Trujillo forced Minerva to keep quiet about all the terrible things he was doing, but because of the hardworking and strong woman that she is, she did not agree with how he was conducting the country. Minerva was not going to keep quiet about what he was doing even if it would cost her, her life.
Minerva and Saint Cecilia had some similarities but also some differences. Minerva wanted freedom for not only herself but for others.
- Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.
- Cecilia: Saints Resource (no date) Cecilia | Saints Resource. Available at: http://saintsresource.com/cecilia (Accessed: October 24, 2019).
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