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Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Saint Athanasius
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Memorial (1969 Calendar): May 2
Double (1955 Calendar): May 2

"You will not see anyone who is really striving after his advancement who is not given to spiritual reading. And as to him who neglects it, the fact will soon be observed by his progress" (Saint Athanasius)

Each year the Church celebrates the life of St. Athanasius, who was the Bishop of Alexandria and a great defender of the faith. He specifically had to fight against the heresy of Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ. Arianism taught that Jesus was a creature and not God. This is one of the earliest heresies, and it has never fully died away.

St. Athanasius, as a young deacon, took part in the Council of Nicea in 325 where he was already called "Arius' ablest enemy". After the death of his bishop in 328 AD, "the entire Catholic congregation with one accord, as one soul and body, voiced the wish of the dying bishop Alexander that Athanasius should succeed him. Everyone esteemed him as a virtuous, holy man, an ascetic, a true bishop."

St. Athanasius fought against heresy and its corrupt teachings his entire life. He was exiled at least five times for his firm defense of the truth of Jesus Christ and the Church. He died at Alexandria in 373 AD after serving as bishop for 46 years. St. Athanasius is a Doctor of the Church.


Prayer:

On the feastday of blessed Athanasius, Thy Confessor and Bishop, hear our prayers to Thee, O Lord, and since he gave Thee such worthy service, be mindful of her merits and blot out all our sins. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

1 comments:

del_button May 5, 2006 at 12:56 PM
The Confessionator said...

hmm... I guess I'd better do more spiritual reading! My spiritual director told me to read Introduction to the Devout Life but I still have to purchase it :)

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