Martyred for refusing to marry: Susanna 295
Susanna was the daughter of a priest in Rome. A relative of Emperor Diocletian, she refused his request to marry his son-in-law, Maximian, a persecutor of Christians. Her rebuttal angered the emperor, and his ire was further fuelled when she converted two of her uncles whom he had sent to persuade her to marry Maximian.
Diocletian then sent one of his court favourites, Julian, to resolve the issue. On Julian’s orders the newly converted officials and their families were burnt to death at Cumae; Susanna was beaten, and she and her father were beheaded.
You are my light
In the darkness
You are my warmth
In the cold
You are my happiness
Originally published in Heroes of Our Faith (Isaac Publishing) by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo