Friday, May 02, 2008

Feast: St. Athanasius

Yipppppeeee, it's the Feast Day of our Patron Saint (and it's a Friday, what could be better)! Athanasius was Bishop of Alexandria. Due to his opposition to the Arian heresy, he spent much of his life in exile. He was a champion of belief in the Divinity of Christ and wrote extensively on Christ's dual-nature both from exile and in Alexandra. He was named a Doctor of the Church.

By the way, he's our patron because dh had to write a paper on one of his treatises for acceptance to the Austrian program which is what pushed us to embark on our home-learning adventure with our then 5th and 7th graders (who had been in parochial schools before we went).

Here's a quote from the great man:
The corruption of death no longer holds any power over mankind, thanks to the Word, who has come to dwell among us through his one

– St. Athanasius
Now, off to figure out what we can have for dinner to celebrate!
St. Athanasius of Alexandria, please pray for us!


Kimberlee said...

I prayed for your family at Mass this morning. Have a most wonderful Feast Day!!

Leticia said...

Happy feast day, Mary!
He's my patron saint this year. I think it's because I try to debunk heresy on my blog. He's a great holy man to have as a patron.