One of the most celebrated aspects of the Christianity Cecilia offers her converts is its promise of eternal life with God. In "The Second Nun's Tale," this promise offers the characters freedom on earth; released from the fear of death, they can follow their own consciences rather than being constrained by the will of a dictator. Power over life and death is also something Almachius is eager to claim for himself. Almachius's inability to effect Cecilia's death until God is good and ready for it proves him powerless. Cecilia's refusal to die symbolizes Christianity's promise of eternal life, and reveals the way this promise renders earthly authority impotent. And finally, the most important fact of Cecilia's life is her death, for through this death she gains sainthood.
"The Second Nun's Tale" portrays Christianity's promise of eternal life as also giving characters with freedom on earth. Cecilia's refusal to die until she is good and ready evacuates Almachius's claims to power of any truth whatsoever.