Saint for the Day - July 3 - St. Heliodorus
Saint Heliodorus was
born at Dalmatia, St. Jerome's native country, and
soon sought out that great Doctor, in order not only
to follow his advice in matters relating to
Catholic perfection, but also to profit by his deep
learning. The life of a recluse possessed peculiar
attractions for him, but to enter a monastery it
would be necessary to leave his spiritual master and
director, and such a sacrifice he was not prepared
to make. He remained in the world, though not of it,
and, following the example of the holy anchorites,
passed his time in prayer and devout reading. He
accompanied St. Jerome to the East, but the desire
to revisit his native land, and to see his parents
once more, drew him back to Dalmatia, although St.
Jerome tried to persuade him to remain.
He promised to return as soon as he had fulfilled
the duty he owed his parents. In the meantime,
finding his absence protracted, and fearing that the
love of family and attachment to worldly things
might lure him from his vocation, St. Jerome wrote
him an earnest letter, exhorting him to break
entirely with the world and to consecrate himself to
the service of God. But the Lord, Who disposes all
things, had another mission for His servant. After
the death of his mother, Heliodorus went to Italy,
where he soon became noted for his eminent piety. He
was made Bishop of Altino, and became one of the
most distinguished prelates of an age fruitful in
great men. He died about the year 290.
Saint for the Day - St. Heliodorus
Read about the Saint for today - July 3 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Reason and authority prove that
virtue aught to be practised.
But facts alone prove that it is
practised; and this is why
examples have more power to move
our souls, and why our
individual actions are of such
fearful importance for ethers as
well as for ourselves.
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