Saint for the Day - June 28 - St. Irenaeus
Saint Irenaeus was born
about the year 120. He was a Grecian, probably a
native of Lesser Asia. His parents, who were
Catholics, placed him under the care of the great
St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. It was in so holy a
school that he learned that sacred science which
rendered him afterward a great ornament of the
Church and the terror of her enemies. St. Polycarp
cultivated his rising genius, and formed his mind to
piety by precepts and example; and the zealous
scholar was careful to reap all the advantages which
were offered him by the happiness of such a master.
Such was his veneration for his tutor's sanctity
that he observed every action and whatever be saw in
that holy man, the better to copy his example and
learn his spirit.
He listened to his instructions with an insatiable
ardor, and so deeply did he engrave them on his
heart that the impressions remained most lively even
to his old age. In order to confute the heresies of
his age, this father made himself acquainted with
the most absurd conceits of their philosophers, by
which means he was qualified to trace up every error
to its sources and set it in its full light. St.
Polycarp sent St. Irenĉus into Gaul, in company with
some priest; he was himself ordained priest of the
Church of Lyons by St. Pothinus.
St. Pothinus having glorified God by his happy
death, in the year 177, our Saint was chosen the
second Bishop of Lyons. By his preaching, he in a
short time converted almost that whole country to
the Faith. He wrote several works against heresy,
and at last, with many others, suffered martyrdom
about the year 202, under the Emperor Severus, at
Saint for the Day - St. Irenaeus
Read about the Saint for today - June 28 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Fathers and mothers, and heads
of families, spiritual and
temporal, should bear in mind
that inferiors "will not be
corrected by words" alone, but
that example is likewise
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