ST. SOTERIS, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
From St. Ambrose, Exhort. Virginit., c. 12, and1.
3, de Virgin. c. 6 Tillemont, t. 5, p. 259.
ST. AMBROSE boasts of this saint as the greatest
honor of his family. St. Soteris was descended from a long series of
consuls and prefects: but her greatest glory was her despising, for
the sake of Christ, birth, riches, great beauty, and all that the
world prizes as valuable. She consecrated her virginity to God, and
to avoid the dangers her beauty exposed her to, neglected it
entirely, and trampled under her feet all the vain ornaments that
might set it off. Her virtue prepared her to make a glorious
confession of her faith before the persecutors, after the publication
of the cruel edicts of Dioclesian and Maximian against the
Christians. The impious judge commanded her face to be buffeted. She
rejoiced to be treated as her divine Saviour had been, and to have
her face all wounded and disfigured by the merciless blows of the
executioners. The judge ordered her to be tortured many other ways,
but without being able to draw from her one sigh or tear. At length,
overcome by her constancy and patience, he commanded her head to be
struck off. The ancient martyrologies mention her.