Saint for the Day - September 11 - St. Paphnutius
The holy confessor
Paphnutius was an Egyptian, and after having spent
several years in the desert, under the direction of
the great St. Antony, was made bishop in Upper
Thebais. He was one of those confessors who, under
the tyrant Maximin Daia, lost their right eye, and
were afterward sent to work in the mines. Peace
being restored to the Church, Paphnutius returned to
The Arian heresy being broached in Egypt, he was one
of the most zealous in defending the Catholic faith,
and for his eminent sanctity and the glorious title
of confessor (or one who had confessed the Faith
before the persecutors and under torments) was
highly considered in the great Council of Nice.
Constantine the Great, during the celebration of
that synod, sometimes conferred privately with him
in his palace, and never dismissed him without
kissing respectfully the place which had once held
the eye he had lost for the Faith. St. Paphnutius
remained always in a close union with St.
Athanasius, and accompanied him to the Council of
Tyre, in 335, where they found much the greater part
of that assembly to be professed Arians.
Seeing Maximus, Bishop of Jerusalem, among them,
Paphnutius took him by the hand, led him out, and
told him he could not see that any who bore the same
marks as he in defence of the Faith should be
seduced and imposed upon by persons who were
resolved to oppress the most strenuous assertor of
its fundamental article. We have no particular
account of the death of St. Paphnutius, but his name
stands in the Roman Martyrology on the 11th of
Saint for the Day - St. Paphnutius
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If to fight for our country be
glorious, "it is likewise great
glory to follow the Lord," saith
the Wise Man.
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