We don’t know much about Saint Petronilla, and the few statements about her in Christian history sometimes conflict with each other. Some people thought she was the daughter of Saint Peter – maybe a biological daughter, but more likely a “spiritual” daughter, whom he taught and healed from palsy (a condition that affects muscles and balance). Other people think she lived about 200 years after Peter, a beautiful young woman who took a vow of chastity for Christ and later paid for that with her life.
If you’re lucky enough to live in the US and other countries that protect religious freedom, it might be hard to imagine what it would be like to be sentenced to death for being a Christian. Right this minute, there is a Christian woman named Meriam Yehya Ibrahim in the Sudan who has been condemned to die because she is a Christian. She is married to a Christian man and just gave birth to their second baby (while wearing chains), but the government says her marriage isn’t legal and does not recognize her faith in Christ. Today, pray for Meriam, that God will send somebody to rescue her so she can continue to live out her faith. Don’t forget to ask Saint Petronilla to pray for her, too.