Saint for the Day - April 12 - St. Julius
St. Julius was a Roman,
and chosen Pope on the 6th of February in 337. The
Arian bishops in the East sent to him three deputies
to accuse St. Athanasius, the zealous Patriarch of
Alexandria. These accusations, as the order of
justice required, Julius imparted to Athanasius, who
thereupon sent his deputies to Rome; when, upon an
impartial hearing, the advocates of the heretics
were confounded and silenced upon every article of
their accusation. The Arians then demanded a
council, and the Pope assembled one in Rome in 341.
The Arians instead of appearing held a pretended
council at Antioch in 341, in which they presumed to
appoint one Gregory, an impious Arian, Bishop of
Alexandria, detained the Pope's legates beyond the
time mentioned for their appearance; and then wrote
to his Holiness, alleging a pretended impossibility
of their appearing, on account of the Persian war
and other impediments.
The Pope easily saw through these pretences, and in
a council at Rome examined the cause of St.
Athanasius, declared him innocent of the things laid
to his charge by the Arians, and confirmed him in
his see. He also acquitted Marcellus of Ancyra, upon
his orthodox profession of faith. He drew up and
sent by Count Gabian to the Oriental Eusebian
bishops, who had first demanded a council and then
refused to appear in it, an excellent letter, which
is looked upon as one of the finest monuments of
Finding the Eusebians still obstinate, he moved
Constans, Emperor of the West, to demand the
concurrence of his brother Constantius in the
assembling of a general council at Sardica in
Illyricum. This was opened in May 347, and declared
St. Athanasius and Marcellus of Ancyra orthodox and
innocent, deposed certain Arian bishops, and framed
twenty-one canons of discipline. St. Julius reigned
fifteen years, two months, and six days, dying on
the 12th of April, 352.
Saint for the Day - St. Julius
Read about the Saint for today - April 12 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Do not approach our Blessed
Mother with set prayers only. Be
intimate with her; confide in
her; commend to her every want
and every project, small as well
as great. It is a childlike
reliance and a trustful appeal
which she delights to reward.
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