Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 14 January

statue of Saint Hilaire of Poitier; by Franz Anton Koch, 1742; Saint Michael parish church, Mondsee, Upper Austria; photgraphed on 11 May 2009 by Wolfgang Sauber; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsSaint Hilary, Bishop of Poictiers.

Whilst still living in the married state Saint Hilary attained to the perfection of the cenobites. During his episcopate, he threw himself with zeal into the battle against Arianism, a heresy which at that time had overrun the world, and which, under equivocal terms, denied the reality of the Incarnation of the Word and the Divinity of Jesus Christ, thereby destroying the efficacy of the Redemption; reducing the Blessed Virgin Mother to the condition of an ordinary woman; strengthening the power of the demon and leading millions of souls to hell. The courage of Saint Hilary brought on him the sentence of exile to the East, but while there he worked so well for the spread of the true faith that they sent him back to his own diocese in order to get rid of him. There he never ceased by his words and writings to maintain the cause of Truth, regretting only that he had not been considered worthy to suffer martyrdom. Having learned that his daughter had embraced the state of virginity, he obtained from God that she might be recalled from this world before she had time to repent of a vow, in which he foresaw so many graces for her and so much consolation for himself. Saint Jerome called Saint Hilary the Rhone of Latin eloquence, Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the Church.

Prayer

Enlighten, O my God, all who fight against Thy Church, and who resist the Holy Ghost by lack of mortification of heart. Saint Catherine of Siena

Practice

Do not hesitate, even if you stand alone, to affirm and maintain the maxims of faith without fear, and that in all their fullness, but with discretion and humility.