Saint for the Day - February 17 - St. Flavian,
Flavian was elected
Patriarch of Constantinople in 447. His short
episcopate of two years was a time of conflict and
persecution from the first. Chrysaphius, the
emperor's favorite, tried to extort a large sum of
money from him on the occasion of his consecration.
His fidelity in refusing this betrayal of his trust
brought on him the enmity of the most powerful man
in the empire.
A graver trouble soon arose. In 448 Flavian had to
condemn the rising heresy of the monk Eutyches, who
obstinately denied that Our Lord was in two perfect
natures after His Incarnation. Eutyches drew to his
cause all the bad elements which so early gathered
about the Byzantine court. His intrigues were long
baffled by the vigilance of Flavian; but at last he
obtained from the emperor the assembly of a council
at Ephesus, in August 449, presided over by his
friend Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria. Into this
"robber council," as it is called, Eutyches entered,
surrounded by soldiers. The Roman legates could not
even read the Pope's letters; and at the first sign
of resistance to the condemnation of Flavian, fresh
troops entered with drawn swords, and, in spite of
the protests of the legates, terrified most of the
bishops into acquiescence.
The fury of Dioscorus reached its height when
Flavian appealed to the Holy See. Then it was that
he so forgot his apostolic office as to lay violent
hands on his adversary. St. Flavian was set upon by
Dioscorus and others, thrown down, beaten, kicked,
and finally carried into banishment. Let us contrast
their ends. Flavian clung to the teaching of the
Roman Pontiff, and sealed his faith with his blood.
Dioscorus excommunicated the Vicar of Christ, and
died obstinate and impenitent in the heresy of
Saint for the Day - St. Flavian, Martyr
Read about the Saint for today - February 17 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
By his unswerving loyalty to the
Vicar of Christ, Flavian held
fast to the truth and gained the
martyr's crown. Let us learn
from him to turn instinctively
to that one true guide in all
matters concerning our
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