Saint of the Day: Doctor/Father of the Church, St. Hilary of Poiters

St. Hilary was one of those great Christian heroes who poured out their lives laboring and suffering in defense of Christ’s divinity. Scarcely had the days of bloody persecution ended (313), when there arose, now within the Church, a most dangerous enemy of another sort, Arianism. The heresy of Arianism denied the divinity of Christ; it was, in fact, hardly more than a form of paganism masquerading as the Christian Gospel. The smoldering strife soon flared into a mighty conflict endangering the whole Church; and its spread was all the more rapid and powerful because emperors, who called themselves Christian, proved its best supporters. Once again countless martyrs sealed in blood their belief in Christ’s divinity; and orthodox bishops who voiced opposition were forced into exile amid extreme privations.”  To learn more get thou over to Catholic Culture.

To read from the pen of the good Bishop himself, the Crossroads Initiative has several of his sermons available here.

If you prefer videos, here you go:

St. Hilary was a convert who was convinced that Christianity was true by reading the Gospel of John. I can hear my favorite deacon, “Of course! It’s all in there ” (John’s Gospel).

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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