“Because of jealousy women were persecuted… suffering in this way terrible and unholy tortures, but they safely reached the goal of the race of faith and received a noble reward, their physical weakness notwithstanding… We write you these things, dear friends, not only to admonish you but also to remind ourselves. For we are in the same arena, and the same contest awaits us. Therefore let us abandon empty and futile thoughts, and let us conform to the glorious and holy rule of our tradition… Let us fix our eyes on the blood of Christ and understand how precious it is to his Father, because, being poured out for our salvation, it won for the whole world the grace of repentance.” 1 Clement 6.2; 7.1b, 7.4


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