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In the lives of Saints Macrina Perpetua and Godelieve faith in Christ and the Christian Church played an important role St Macrina founded a religious womens group with her mother in the 4th century AD St Perpetua gave her life happily in the name of faith during the anti-Christian 3rd century AD in Carthaginian amphitheatre And St Godelieve lived in an abusive marriage ever praying to God wishing her husband health and never speaking an ill word against him until she was murdered by the man in the 11th century AD Another important aspect in the lives of these courageous women is the role their families played and how they supported or did not support them In each womans life their parents siblings or husbands helped to shape their individual destinies St Macrina the Younger came from a family of saints her grandmother on her fathers side was St Macrina the Elder her grandmother on her mothers side was a martyr for the Church her parents were St Basil the Elder and St Emmelia and two of her brothers were saints St Basil the Great and St Gregory of Nyssa Its highly likely that growing up in a family with such a firm base in the Christian world affected Macrina in a way that would help to affirm her faith throughout her life Her brother Gregory thought the world of her and made it known having raised herself to the highest peak of human virtue through philosophy Macrina should not be passed over in silence and her life rendered ineffective St Macrina 77 St Basil the Great respects his sister so much that she is credited with his decision to turn to an ascetic and monastic life The relationship between St Macrina and her mother St Emmelia illustrates how both family and faith are intertwined for this highly religious and loyal woman St Emmelia did not wish to be married originally but she
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