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Card 2: Fragility
Expressed here with the Strength card aesthetic: Strength, courage, persuasion, compassion.
She belongs to the band of martyrs of Lyon who, after some of their number had endured frightful tortures, suffered martyrdom in 177 in the reign of Marcus Aurelius.
Blandina was a Christian slave, working for a Christian master in Lyon, France. At this time, being a Christian was absolutely heinous for the Romans. Persecution was very common.
Upon their capture and their imprisonment, Blandina's companions greatly feared that she might abjure her faith once the tortures started, since she was so frail.
The slave ultimately survived them all, refusing to give up her faith. The tortures were brutal and lengthy but every time she felt pain, she'd pray and sing with a magnificent voice. She resisted so well that her tormentors grew tired of abusing her and quickly threw her to the amphitheater to die in public games.
Once again, the fragile Blandina surprised her captors. Bound to a stake, she was offered in sacrifice to wild beasts who never touched her. They executed her companions in front of her in an attempt to make her recant, Blandina prayed throughout the ordeal.
Scourged, placed on a hot grill to be burnt alive, tied into a net and thrown onto a raging bull, the young girl survived it all. The crowd even started to feel sympathetic towards her, as they screamed, “Abjure, adore our gods and you'll be saved!” But Blandina refused, preferring to stay true to her convictions.
In the end, the legate (the Roman authority) ordered his people to slit her throat in a last effort to get rid of her.
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