The “Roman Martyrology” tells us that Saint Crispina “preferred heaven to earth, and God to the world, and, despising the tears of her children, rejoiced to see herself taken and called to confess Jesus Christ on a scaffold.”
That sounds like a woman DONE with parenting, done with late-night crafts projects because SOMEONE forgot to mention it until 7.30 p.m., done with finding noses and hiding tooth fairy money and looking for the missing mates of too many socks. Whoever her husband was is never mentioned, and that’s probably part of the problem, too. “IF I HAVE TO SHUT ONE MORE CABINET DOOR,” I imagine her saying, eyes pressed tightly together like hands in a desperate prayer.
“Crispina, flushed with joy, gave thanks to God and was led to execution.”
She was beheaded on the 5 December in the Year of Our Lord 304.