Saint for the Day - April 6 - St. Celestine
St. Celestine was a
native of Rome, and upon the demise of Pope Boniface
he was chosen to succeed him, in September 422, by
the wonderful consent of the whole city. His first
official act was to confirm the condemnation of an
African bishop who had been convicted of grave
He wrote also to the bishops of the provinces of
Vienne and Narbonne in Gaul, to correct several
abuses, and ordered, among other things, that
absolution or reconciliation should never be refused
to any dying sinner who sincerely asked it; for
repentance depends not so much on time as on the
heart. He assembled a synod at Rome in 430, in which
the writings of Nestorius were examined, and his
blasphemies in maintaining in Christ a divine and a
human person were condemned.
The Pope pronounced sentence of excommunication
against Nestorius, and deposed him. Being informed
that Agricola, the son of a British bishop called
Saverianus, who had been married before he was
raised to the priesthood, had spread the seeds of
the Pelagian heresy in Britain, St. Celestine sent
thither St. Germanus of Auxerre, whose zeal and
conduct happily prevented the threatening danger. He
also sent St. Palladius, a Roman, to preach the
Faith to the Scots, both in North Britain and in
Ireland, and many authors of the life of St. Patrick
say that apostle likewise received his commission to
preach to the Irish from St. Celestine, in 431. This
holy Pope died on the 1st of August, in 432, having
reigned almost ten years.
Saint for the Day - St. Celestine
Read about the Saint for today - April 6 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Vigilance is truly needful to
those to whom the care of souls
has been confided. "Blessed are
the servants whom the Lord at
His coming shall find watching."
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