Saint for the Day - December 31 - St. Sylvester
Sylvester was born in
Rome toward the close of the third century. He was a
young priest when the persecution of the Catholics
broke out under the tyrant Diocletian. Idols were
erected at the corners of the streets, in the
market-places, and over the public fountains, so
that it was scarcely possible for a Catholic to go
abroad without being put to the test of offering
sacrifice, with the alternative of apostasy or
death. During this fiery trial, Sylvester
strengthened the confessors and martyrs, God
preserving his life from many dangers. In 312 a new
era set in. Constantine, having triumphed under the
" standard of the Cross," declared himself the
protector of the Catholics, and built them splendid
At this juncture Sylvester was elected to the chair
of Peter, and was thus the first of the Roman
Pontiffs to rule the flock of Christ in security and
peace. He profited by these blessings to renew the
discipline of the Church, and in two great Councils
confirmed her sacred truths. In the Council of Arles
he condemned the schism of the Donatists; and in
that of Nicæa, the first general Council of the
Church, he dealt Arianism its death-blow by
declaring that Jesus Christ is the true and very
God. Sylvester died A. D. 335.
Saint for the Day - St. Sylvester
Read about the Saint for today - December 31 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The Catholic Faith, says St.
Augustine, is more precious far
than all the riches and
treasures of earth; more
glorious and greater than all
its honors, all its possessions.
This it is which saves sinners,
gives light to the blind,
restores penitents, perfects the
just, and is the crown of
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