Saint for the Day - April 17 - St. Anicetus
St. Anicetus succeeded
St. Pius, and sat about eight years, from 165 to
173. If he did not shed his blood for the Faith, he
at least purchased the title of martyr by great
sufferings and dangers. He received a visit from St.
Polycarp, and tolerated the custom of the Asiatics
in celebrating Easter on the 14th day of the first
moon after the vernal equinox, with the Jews. His
vigilance protected his flock from the wiles of the
heretics Valentine and Marcion, who sought to
corrupt the faith in the capital of the world.
The first thirty-six bishops at Rome, down to
Liberius, and, this one excepted, all the popes to
Symmachus, the fifty-second, in 498, are honored
among the Saints; and out of two hundred and
forty-eight popes, from St. Peter to Clement XIII.
seventy-eight are named in the Roman Martyrology. In
the primitive ages, the spirit of fervor and perfect
sanctity, which is nowadays so rarely to be found,
was conspicuous in most of the faithful, and
especially in their pastors. The whole tenor of
their lives breathed it in such a manner as to
render them the miracles of the world, angels on
earth, living copies of their divine Redeemer, the
odor of whose virtues and holy law and religion they
spread on every side.
Saint for the Day - St. Anicetus
Read about the Saint for today - April 17 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
If, after making the most solemn
protestations of inviolable
friendship and affection for a
fellow-creature, we should the
next moment revile and contemn
him, without having received any
provocation or affront, and this
habitually, would not the whole
world justly call our
protestations hypocrisy, and our
pretended friendship a mockery?
Let us by this rule judge if our
love of God be sovereign, so
long as our inconstancy betrays
the insincerity of our hearts.
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