Wednesday’s Woman: St. Plautilla

by Melanie on May 17, 2017

in Catholicism, Martyrs, Nonfiction, Saints, Spirituality, Wednesday's Woman

The Basics: Born early first century AD in Italy; died 67 in Italy; canonized precongregation; feast day, May 20. Wife; martyr.

The Story: The wife of a Roman official, Plautilla converted to Christianity as an adult. Tradition has it that Saint Paul was responsible for her conversion, and that she was baptized by Saint Peter. While we know little more about her, she is featured in this haunting draft of a Peter Paul Rubens altarpiece, painted between 1635 and 1640. In the painting, Plautilla has received Saint Paul’s blessing and is giving him her veil to cover his eyes during his execution. It is said that after Paul’s death, he delivered the veil back to her, carrying his blood. Later, Plautilla was exiled for her faith.

What We Can Learn from Plautilla: Holiness is happening in our midst all the time, in good times and bad. May we be present to the suffering of others and have the faith to help where we can.

To Learn More About Plautilla: Read more about the altarpiece in The Catholic Rubens: Saints and Martyrs by Willibald Sauerlander.

To Learn More About Other Women Saints and Blesseds: Come back next week, or consider buying my book, Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration.

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