Saint for the Day - January 26 - St. Polycarp,
St. Polycarp, Bishop of
Smyrna, was a disciple of St. John. He wrote to the
Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to
hatred of heresy. When the apostate Marcion met St.
Polycarp at Rome, he asked the aged Saint if he knew
him. "Yes," St. Polycarp answered, "I know you for
the first-born of Satan." These were the words of a
Saint most loving and most charitable, and specially
noted for his compassion to sinners. He hated
heresy, because he loved God and man so much. In
167, persecution broke out in Smyrna.
When Polycarp heard that his pursuers were at the
door, he said, "The will of God be done; " and
meeting them, he begged to be left alone for a
little time, which he spent in prayer for "the
Catholic Church throughout the world." He was
brought to Smyrna early on Holy Saturday; and, as he
entered, a voice was heard from heaven, "Polycarp,
be strong." When the proconsul besought him to curse
Christ and go free, Polycarp answered, "Eighty-six
years I have served Him, and He never did me wrong;
how can I blaspheme my King and Saviour?"
When he threatened him with fire, Polycarp told him
this fire of his lasted but a little, while the fire
prepared for the wicked lasted forever. At the stake
he thanked God aloud for letting him drink of
The fire was lighted, but it did him no hurt; so he
was stabbed to the heart, and his dead body was
burnt. "Then," say the writers of his acts, "we took
up the bones, more precious than the richest jewels
or gold, and deposited them in a fitting place, at
which may God grant us to assemble with joy to
celebrate the birthday of the martyr to his life in
Saint for the Day - St. Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr
Read about the Saint for today - January 26 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
If we love Jesus Christ, we
shall love the Church and hate
heresy, which rends His mystical
body, and destroys the souls for
which He died. Like St.
Polycarp, we shall maintain our
constancy in the faith by loves
of Jesus Christ, Who is its
author and its finisher.
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