a slave of Tertullus, a Roman official. She was brought up as a Christian,
and was the only Catholic in the house. When she was older, she prayed
much and fasted often, especially on festivals when the pagan idols were
given greater honour. Her mistress did not like this type of behaviour,
but she liked Mary because the girl was a good worker, who always kept
When persecution against the Christians broke out, Tertullus tried to
cause Mary to give up her Catholic Faith, but Mary remained firm and constant
in the Faith. Tertullus feared that he would lose Mary, if she fell into
the hands of the Prefect, so he had her whipped. While the poor girl was
being whipped, no kindness was shown to her, and after she was hidden
in a dark room.
Later, the Prefect found out what had been done to Mary, and Tertullus
was charged with hiding a Christian in his house. The young girl was then
handed over to the Prefect. When the crowd of people heard Mary confess
the Holy Name of Christ, they cried out, "Burn her alive! Burn her
Mary was calm. She stood there praying, "Dear God, please make me
strong in the Faith and help me to persevere as a good Christian, until
my death." Then she said to the Judge, "The God whom I serve
is with me. I do not fear your torments, which can only take away a life
that I am ready to lay down for Christ."
The Judge then commanded that Mary be tortured. But she was tortured with
such cruelty, that the people standing nearby cried out, "We cannot
bear to see this poor girl treated with such cruelty! Release the girl!
Release the poor girl!"
The Judge then handed Mary over to a soldier. The good soldier saw that
the poor girl was helpless, and allowed her to escape. St. Mary lived
the rest of her life doing everything for God, and she died a natural
death, possibly in the 4th Century. She is called a Martyr, in the Roman
Martyrology, because of the sufferings she bore for the sake of Christ.