I believe

Monday, May 02, 2016

 I believe
St. Athanasius

The Saint of today, St. Athanasius,  (295?-373) lived in a time as tumultuous as ours.  He spent his entire life combating the heresy of Arianism that taught Christ was really not divine.  He was exiled five times for his defense of the faith.   He defended the true faith for his flock, regardless of the cost to himself. In today’s world we are experiencing this same call to remain true to our faith, no matter what.

These are excerpts from the Creed attributed to St. Athanasius

"Now the Catholic Faith is this; that we worship One God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the substance."

"For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all One; the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal".

"So the Father is God, the Son God, and the Holy Ghost God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the Holy Ghost is Lord. And yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord; so we are forbidden by the Catholic religion, to say there are three Gods, or three Lords."

He also wrote
"God was made man so that we might be made God;
  and he manifested himself through a body so that we might receive the idea of the unseen Father;
  and he endured the insolence of men that we might inherit immorality.”

In the collect for today we ask to grow in the knowledge that St. Athanasius shared with all Christians

“Almighty ever-living God,
Who raised up the Bishop Saint Athanasius
As an outstanding champion of your Son’s divinity, mercifully grant,
That, rejoicing in his teaching and his protection,
We may ever cease to grow in knowledge and love of God."

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