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Doctors of the Catholic Church






Saint Athanasius is the Doctor of Orthodoxy. This champion of the Church was exiled and banned at least five times. He refused to yield to anyone except the authentic, orthodox faith passed on to him by his ancestors and followers of the faith.

Christians are often asked to overcome insurmountable obstacles. He have Athanasius as a superb model when it comes to faith. Hardly anyone today is going to be exiled once, because of his faith, let alone five times. To be banished is a curse.

"This first great Eastern Doctor ardently defended the Divinity of Christ. He greatly laid the foundation not only for the establishment of monastic life through Western world but is a powerful example of clinging to Jesus Christ when dangers, hardships and temptations beset us.

"Athanasius was the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the Incarnation that the Church has ever known and in his lifetime earned the characteristic title of "Father of Orthodoxy", by which he has been distinguished every since. While the chronology of his career still remains for the most part a hopelessly involved problem, the fullest material for an account of the main achievements of his life will be found in his collected writings and in the contemporary records of his time. Athanasius seems to have been brought early in life under the immediate supervision of the ecclesiastical authorities of his native city. Whether his long intimacy with Bishop Alexander began in childhood, we have no means of judging; but a story which pretends to describe the circumstances of his first introduction to that prelate has been preserved for us by Rufinus (Hist. Eccl., I, xiv). The bishop, so the tale runs, had invited a number of brother prelates to meet him at breakfast after a great religious function on the anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Peter, a recent predecessor in the See of Alexandria... While Alexander was waiting for his guests to arrive, he stood by a window, watching a group of boys at play on the seashore below the house. He had not observed them long before he discovered that they were imitating, evidently with no thought of irreverence, the elaborate ritual of Christian baptism. He therefore sent for the children and had them brought into his presence. In the investigation that followed it was discovered that one of the boys, who was no other than the future Primate of Alexandria, had acted the part of the bishop, and in that character had actually baptized several of his companions in the course of their play. Alexander, who seems to have been unaccountably puzzled over the answers he received to his inquiries, determined to recognize the make-believe baptisms as genuine; and decided that Athanasius and his playfellows should go into training in order to fit themselves for a clerical career." Quote from New Advent listed below, at the end.



St. Athanasius, 295-373. Doctor of Orthodoxy, Feast May 2nd.


31 posted on 05/02/2012 3:04:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: John 12:44-50

“I came into the world as light.” (John 12:46)

My brothers and sisters, I came to earth so that everyone who believes in me may not remain in the dark­ness. So come! Come into my light!

Come into my light so that you can see the path you should follow. Many of you are facing important decisions right now. You don’t have to make these decisions all on your own. Come into my light so I can help you find the way. Let me show you my hopes, plans, and dreams for you. So often, you wonder: “Am I on the right path? Is this what I am supposed to be doing with my life?” Don’t let yourself be consumed with worry. Come into my light, and I will help you.

Come into my light, for there you will experience the warmth of my love for you. It is cold outside in the darkness. Come and be warmed by the light of my love. Don’t ask if you are worthy to come. Don’t list all the things you need to fix first. Your coming does not depend on your worthiness. It depends on my mercy, and I have already done all that is necessary for you to come! I have already endured the cross. I have already risen from the grave. I have already ascended to heaven and poured my grace into your heart. So come! Come into my light and let my love warm your heart.

Come into my light, for no sin will be able to find you there. My light is pure, holy, and true. So come to the light, and let your sin be exposed, so I can cleanse you for good. You say: “How can I rid myself of this thing that has hobbled me for so long?” But you have not yet felt the relief of seeing years of guilt and shame burned away by my light, so that you can shine forth to the world with a new mind and a new heart. So come and receive my light and be cleansed.

“Jesus, light of the world, I come to you right now. Fill my whole being with your light and your truth. Let your light dispel any darkness in my heart, and let this light shine brightly from me for the whole world to see.”

Acts 12:24–13:5; Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8


32 posted on 05/02/2012 3:08:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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