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Aug 11 - Saint Susanna - Martyr - 295 - Rome From the Revelations of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. p.493 v. 2 THE HOLY MARTYR SUSANNA. " I have a relic of St. Susanna. She kept me company all …More
Aug 11 - Saint Susanna - Martyr - 295 - Rome
From the Revelations of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. p.493 v. 2

THE HOLY MARTYR SUSANNA.
" I have a relic of St. Susanna. She kept me company all 13st night. I saw many scenes in her life, but I only remember some of them. I saw her in a large house with courtyard and colonnade in Rome. Her father was called Gabinus; he was a Christian and brother to the Pope who dwelt not far away. Susanna's mother must have been dead, for I never saw her. There were other Christians in the family of Gabinus" Like his daughter he was very charitable to the poor; he secretly shared his wealth with them. I saw a messenger sent from the Emperor Dioc1etian to Gabinus, who was his relative, proposing a marriage between Susanna and his own widowed son-in-law. Gabinus, seemed, at first, well pleased with the offer; but Susanna met it with extreme repugnance. She said that, having espoused Christ, she could never marry a pagan. On receiving this answer, Diocletian caused her to be removed from her father's, house and brought to the court of his wife (Serena). He hoped by this to change her sentiments. The empress was a Christian in secret, and Susanna laid her case before her; they prayed together, and then she was reconducted to her father's house. And now came another messenger from the emperor~ one Claudius, a relative of his own, who on saluting Susanna, attempted to kiss her, not impertinently, but either through custom, or because they were r~lative8. But Susanna kept him off 494 Life of with her hand and, on his declaring his intention innocent, she replied that lips sullied with praises of the false gods should never touch hers. She then spoke to him earnestly, and pointed out his errors. Then I saw him, with his wife and children, instructed and baptized by the Pope, Susanna's uncle. As Claudius did not return with an answer, the emperor sent a brother of the same to see what detained him. On entering he found Claudius and his family kneeling in prayer. Concealing his amazement, he asked his brother what was Susanna's reply to the marriage proposal. Claudius evaded a direct answer, but persuaded his brother to accompany him to Susanna and convince himself that such a person could never espouse an idolater. They' went together to her presence, and this second messenger was converted by Susanna and her uncle the Pope! The Empress Serena had three Christians in her service, two men and one woman. I saw them all going together by night, Susanna along with them, into a subterranean apartment beneath the palace. In it stood an altar before which a lamp constantly burned. Here they prayed, and sometimes a priest came secretly to consecrate and administer to then the Blessed Sacrament. The emperor was furious when he heard of the two brothers' conversion. He ordered both to be imprisoned with their families; they were afterward martyred. Susanna's father also was imprisoned.-Then I had another vision in which I saw Susanna sitting alone in a large hall, by a little round table ornamented with gilded figures; her hands were joined, her face raised in prayer. Round apertures in the roof admitted air, and in the corners of the apartment stood white statues as large as a child. Here and there were animals' heads, especially on the feet of the furniture. Some winged figures with long tails were sitting back on their Anne hind legs; others held scrolls in their fore-paws, etc." (Probably sculptured ornaments, winged lions, griffins, etc.) " As Susanna sat thus in prayer, I saw that the emperor sent his son himself to offer her violence. I saw the man leave his attendants outside and enter a door at Susanna's back, when lo! a figure stood before her and confronted the bold intruder! The latter instantly fell to the ground like one dead. Then only did the maiden turn. Seeing a man lying behind her, she cried out for assistance. His friends rushed in astounded, raised him up, and bore him from the room. The apparition stood before Susanna, her enemy approached her from behind and, when she was halfway between the two, the latter fell to the ground.-Then I had another vision. I saw a man with twenty others going to her, and two pagan priests who carried between them on a platform furnished with handles, a gilded idol which must have been hollow, for it was very light. He placed it in a niche under the colonnade of the courtyard and stood before it a little round three-legged table which they had brought from the house. Then several went in for Susanna, who was still in the upper hall. They dragged her out to sacrifice to the idol. She prayed fervently to God and, even before she reached the spot, I saw a miracle. The idol, as if hurled by an invisible power, shot across the court and colonnade far out into the street, where it fell shattered into a thousand pieces! At the same time I saw a man running to spread the news. Then they tore off Susanna's upper-garment, leaving only a little covering on her breast. Her back and shoulders were bare. In this state, she had to cross the crowded vestibule where the soldiers pricked and wounded her ,with their sharp spears, until she sank down apparently dead. They then dragged her into a side room and left her lying there on the floor. Again I saw them trying to force her to offer sacrifice in a temple, but the idol fell to the ground; lastly, she was dragged by the hair into the courtyard of her own house and beheaded. The empress and. Susanna's nurse came by night, washed the body, wrapped it in a winding-sheet, and buried it. the empress had first cut off one of her fingers and some of her hair. I afterward saw the Pope saying mass on the spot of her martyrdom. Susanna had a round face, a resolute expression, and black hair braided around her head. She was dressed in white with a veil which fastened under the chin and fell behind in the ends. "

Roman noble, the beautiful daughter of Saint Gabinus, and niece of Pope Caius, living in the early part of Diocletian‘s reign when the last large-scale persecutions were building steam. Having made a private vow of virginity, and not wanting to be part of a family that murdered her family in faith, she refused to marry Maximian, Diocletian‘s son-in-law. Her piety was such that she converted Claudius and Maximus, relatives and the messengers sent to bring her to Maximian. In revenge, she was exposed as a Christian, beaten, and martyred.
No reliable Acta of her life have survived, but her story has, and she is commemorated in many ancient Martyrologies. A Roman parish and church has borne her name since the fifth century. In 1969 she was dropped from the universal calender of saints, but her memorial is still celebrated in Saint Susanna’s basilica in Rome.
Died
beheaded in 295 in her father‘s house at Rome, Italy
buried by Diocletian‘s wife, a closet Christian
the house became the original church with her name
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Pre-Congregation
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