Persecution at Home
St. Flora lived in ninth century Spain. Her mother was a Christian, and her father was a Muslim. The household was Muslim until her father died when Flora was very young. Her mother than proceeded to raise Flora in the Christian faith.
Her brother was able to have the Catholic priests who were friends of Flora arrested and punished. When Flora realized that this was done in retaliation for her leaving home, she came out of hiding and met with her brother. She boldly challenged him to try to tear her from her faith in Christ because she was prepared to die rather than renounce her Lord.
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Taken to Court
Her brother than had Flora dragged before the Muslim court where he accused her of apostasy for abandoning the Muslim religion. When the judge asked Flora if what her brother said was true, she replied, "Do you call that wicked man my brother? Everything he said was a lie. I have never been a Muslim. From my infancy I have known none but Christ. He is my God and I have consecrated myself to Him as His bride."
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Boldly Proclaiming The Catholic Faith
Before their deaths, both Flora and Maria promised to pray in Heaven for the release of the other prisoners. Within a week after they were martyred, the other men and women in the prison were freed.
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Feast Day (Memorial): November 24th
Patron of abandoned people
Patron of betrayal victims
Patron of converts
Patron of martyrs
Patron of single laywomen
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