Saturday, July 13, 2024

Prominent fourth-century theologian. Exiled for truth; tireless defender of Trinitarian teaching

Prominent fourth-century theologian. Exiled for truth; tireless defender of Trinitarian teaching
January 13th: St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor of the Church
Gospel text
Mt 5:13-19
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house."
Gospel's Commentary
Today we celebrate a great saint and father of the Church from the 4th century: Saint Hilary of Poitiers (France). His zeal for seeking the truth led him to read the Bible, where he finally found what he was searching for. He then converted to Christianity. He was a great theologian, writer, and orator, affirming the divinity of Jesus Christ. Hilary was exiled to Phrygia (now Turkey) by Emperor Constantius. There he met other great Christian saint writers and was able to write his great work: "On the Trinity." —I was baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. I marvel at a God who is like a small family with a divine Father, a divine Son, and divine Love: three divine Persons and one God, the greatest mystery of our faith.

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