Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 2 May

Byzantine icon of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, author unknownSaint Athanasius of Alexandria

During forty-six years Saint Athanasius took a leading part in the great struggle of the Church against Arianism, and it was against him chiefly that the hatred of the heretics was directed. Constantine and Constantius, obliged by their very office to protect the true faith, had nevertheless given their confidence to the heretics. Saint Athanasius wandered in exile through many countries, hiding himself for five years in an empty cistern and dwelling for four months in the tomb of his ancestors. After incredible trials and being four times successively sent into exile, he returned to die in peace in his native city of Alexandria. Hence it is with good reason that in the Mass of his feast, the words of Saint Paul are applied to him: “My brethren, in all things we suffer tribulation, but are not distressed; we suffer persecution, but we are not forsaken; we are cast down, but we perish not.” Among his writings there are two beautiful letters of exhortation, one to solitaries and one to Christian virgins. A very wise monk named Comus said: “If you find anything by Athanasius and have not any paper, write it on your garments.” This Saint is invoked against headaches. (373)

Prayer

“The world sinks in death, but I believe, O Divine Goodness, that Thou hast a remedy.” Saint Catherine of Siena

Practice

Be courageous in carrying out works which tend to the glory of God.