Saint for the Day - July 7 - St. Pantaenus
This learned father and
apostolic man flourished in the second century. He
was by birth a Sicilian, by profession a Stoic
philosopher. His esteem for virtue led him into an
acquaintance with the Catholics, and being charmed
with the innocence and sanctity of their
conversation, he opened his eyes to the truth. He
studied the Holy Scriptures under the disciples of
the apostles, and his thirst after sacred learning
brought him to Alexandria, in Egypt, where the
disciples of St. Mark had instituted a celebrated
school of the Catholic doctrine.
Pantaenus sought not to display his talents in that
great mart of literature and commerce; but this
great progress in sacred learning was after some
time discovered, and he was drawn out of that
obscurity in which his humility sought to bury
itself. Being placed at the head of the Catholic
school some time before the year 179, by his
learning and excellent manner of teaching he raised
its reputation above all the schools of the
philosophers, and the lessons which he read, and
which were gathered from the flowers of the prophets
and apostles, conveyed light and knowledge into the
minds of all his hearers. The Indians who traded at
Alexandria entreated him to pay their country a
visit, whereupon he forsook his school and went to
preach the Gospel to the Eastern nations.
St. Panaenus found some seeds of the faith already
sown in the Indies, and a book of the Gospel of St.
Matthew in Hebrew, which St. Bartholomew had carried
thither. He brought it back with him to Alexandria,
whither he returned after he had zealously employed
some years in instructing the Indians in the faith.
St. Panaenus continued to teach in private till
about the year 216, when he closed a noble and
excellent life by a happy death.
Saint for the Day - St. Pantaenus
Read about the Saint for today - July 7 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Have a care that none lead you
astray by a false philosophy,"
says St. Paul, for philosophy
without religion is a vain
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