Saints of the Catholic Church. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She watched her seven sons die in the space of a single day, yet she bore it bravely because she put her trust in the Lord. The narrator mentions that the mother "was the most remarkable of all, and deserves to be remembered with special honour. Shortly before the revolt of Judas Maccabeus 2 Maccabees 8 , Antiochus IV Epiphanes arrested a mother and her seven sons, and tried to force them to eat pork. Various mystery plays in the Middle Ages portrayed the Maccabean martyrs, and depictions of their martyrdom possibly gave rise to the term " macabre ", perhaps derived from the Latin Machabaeorum.