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Thought for the Day – 13 August – The Memorial of Sts Pontian & Hippolytus

Thought for the Day – 13 August – The Memorial of Sts Pontian & Hippolytus

“It is in their captivity that Saints Pontian and Hippolytus reconciled with one another. Both died of torture and deprivation.

We have lived in an age when so many in the Church have divided themselves into factions, forsaking unity in Christ for the cause of ideology.   Being a member of Christ’s Body has, sadly, become for so many a question of choosing sides.   Sts Pontian and Hippolytus serve as a sign of contradiction to all this.

The substance of the apostolic faith is far greater than the pretenses of ideology that we would use to subvert the communion of the Church.  Great suffering revealed this truth to Saints Pontian and Hippolytus — I wonder what it will take for us to reach this conclusion?

Let us pray that the tired ideologies of the present will quickly become a thing of the past and that we all will find the richness of the apostolic faith, the faith of the martyrs Pontian and Hippolytus, unity and peace. “….Fr Steve Grunow CEO of Word on Fire

Sts Pontian and Hippolytus, pray for us!

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Quote of the Day – 13 August – The Memorial of Sts Pontian & Hippolytus

Quote of the Day – 13 August – The Memorial of Sts Pontian & Hippolytus

“Fly to the Catholic Church!

Adhere to the only faith which continues to exist from the beginning,

that faith which was preached by Paul

and is upheld by the Chair of Peter.”

St Hippolytus

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One Minute Reflection – 13 August – The Memorial fo Sts Pontian and Hippolytus

One Minute Reflection – 13 August – The Memorial fo Sts Pontian and Hippolytus

“Ask and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened.”…Matthew 7:7-8

christ, like a skillful physician - st hippolytus

REFLECTION – “Christ, like a skillful physician, understands the weakness of men.   He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring He turns again, to His own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, He opens immediately.”….St Hippolytus

PRAYER – Lord God, Your Son has told us, ‘to knock and the door shall be opened’ – help us to be ever strong in faith that we may remember and trust that You will always open the door if we turn to You, at all times and in all circumstances, in true faith, hope, trust and love. St Hippolytus, pray for us, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 13 August

Our Morning Offering – 13 August

A Eucharistic Offering
By Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471)

Lord, all things in heaven and earth are Yours.
I desire to offer myself to You
in free and perpetual oblation,
so that I may forever be with You.
Lord, in simpliciy of heart,
I offer myself this day to You,
to be Your servant in service
and sacrifice of perpetual praise.
Accept me with the oblation of Your precious Body,
which this day I offer You in the presence
of Your holy angels, here invisibly present,
so that it may be to my salvation
and to the salvation of all people. Amen

a eucharistic offering - by thomas a kempis

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Saints of the Day – 13 August – St Pope Pontian and St Hippolytus – Martyrs

Saints of the Day – 13 August – St Pope Pontian and St Hippolytus – Martyrs

St Pope Pontian (c 200 – October 235 in Sardinia, Roman Empire)   St Pope Pontian was the Bishop of Rome from 21 July 230 to 28 September 235.   In 235, during the persecution of Christians in the reign of the Emperor Maximinus the Thracian, Pontian was arrested and sent to the island of Sardinia.   He resigned to make the election of a new pope possible.

St Hippolytus (170 – 235 AD) was the most important 3rd-century theologian in the Christian Church in Rome, where he was probably born. Photios I of Constantinople describes him in his Bibliotheca (cod. 121) as a disciple of Irenaeus, who was said to be a disciple of Polycarp, and from the context of this passage it is supposed that he suggested that Hippolytus so styled himself. However, this assertion is doubtful. He came into conflict with the popes of his time and seems to have headed a schismatic group as a rival to the Bishop of Rome. He opposed the Roman bishops who softened the penitential system to accommodate the large number of new pagan converts. However, he was very probably reconciled to the Church when he died as a martyr.   Patronages –  horses, prison guards, officers and workers, Bibbiena, Italy, Laterina, Italy.

Today the Church celebrates the witness of the martyrs Saints Pontian and Hippolytus — theirs is not only a story of martyrdom but of reconciliation, forgiveness and enemies becoming friends.

St. Pontian was the successor to the apostles Peter and Paul, the bishop of the Church of Rome.   He was arrested during a persecution of the Church ordered by the Roman emperor Maximinus in the third century.   He was sentenced to a “living death” — slavery in the salt mines of Sardinia.

St. Hippolytus might have been remembered as a heretic and a schismatic if not for the strange workings of God’s providence.   He felt the bishop of Rome was not adequate enough in his defense of the apostolic faith, so he broke away from the Church’s communion and established himself as the Bishop of Rome.   He was the first “anti-pope.”  This distinction did not save him from arrest for being a Christian.   He too was sentenced to a “living death” in the mines of Sardinia.

It is in their captivity that Saints Pontian and Hippolytus reconciled with one another. Both died of torture and deprivation.

Pope Fabian had the bodies of both Pontian and Hippolytus brought back to Rome in 236 or 237 and buried in the papal crypt in the Catacomb of Callixtus on the Appian Way.   The slab covering his tomb was discovered in 1909.   On it is inscribed in Greek: Ποντιανός Επίσκ (Pontianus Episk; in English Pontianus Bish).   The inscription “Μάρτυρ”, “MARTUR” had been added in another hand.

Pontian’s feast day was previously celebrated on 19 November, but since 1969 both he and Hippolytus are commemorated jointly on 13 August.

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Memorials of the Saints and Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 13 August

St Hippolytus of Rome (Optional Memorial)
St Pope Pontian (Optional Memorial)

Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners:  St. John Damascene calls Mary a city of refuge to all who flee to Her.   This idea of a city of refuge is an old Scriptural fact calling attention to the humanity, the pity, of the old Jewish Law, which established certain cities of refuge where criminals might find escape from the arm of the authorities.   For instance there were no less than six Levitical Cities, three on either side of the Jordan, where men who had been guilty of the act of involuntary homicide might find protection and immunity, until they were released from banishment by the death of the High Priest.   These six cities were obliged to receive the homicides and to lodge them without any charge.   But there were at least 48 cities which had this privilege of asylum.   Nor was it a peculiarly Jewish custom.   Even the Greeks and Romans had their cities of asylum.   The Jewish idea was brought into Christianity.   One of the beautiful customs in the Middle Ages was “the right of sanctuary,” by which those who ran foul of the law could not be taken so long as they remained in the Church, or sanctuary.   And this is Our Lady, Refuge of Sinners!


St Anastasius the Monk
St Anastasius the Priest
St Benildus
St Cassian of Imola
St Cassian of Todi
St Concordia
St Conn O’Rourke
Bl Gertrude of Altenberg
St Helen of Burgos
St Herulph of Langres
Bl Jakob Gapp
Bl John of Alvernia
St Junian of Mairé
St Ludolph
Bl Mark of Aviano
St Maximus the Confessor
St Nerses Glaietsi
St Patrick O’Healy
Bl Pierre Gabilhaud
St Radegund
St Radegunde
St Wigbert of Fritzlar
Bl William Freeman

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Francesc Castells Areny
• Blessed Inocencio García Díez
• Blessed José Bonet Nadal
• Blessed José Boher y Foix
• Blessed José Juan Perot y Juanmarti
• Blessed Jose Tàpies y Sirvant
• Blessed Josep Alsina Casas
• Blessed Luciano Hernández Ramírez
• Blessed Maria de Puiggraciós Badia Flaquer
• Blessed Mateo Despóns Tena
• Blessed Modesto García Martí
• Blessed Pascual Araguàs y Guàrdia
• Blessed Pedro Martret y Molet
• Blessed Silvestre Arnau y Pascuet
Martyred Claretians of Barbastro – 51 beati:
• Blessed Agustín Viela Ezcurdia
• Blessed Alfons Miquel Garriga
• Blessed Alfons Sorribes Teixidó
• Blessed Antolín Calvo y Calvo
• Blessed Antoni Dalmau Rosich
• Blessed Atanasio Vidaurreta Labra
• Blessed Eduardo Ripoll Diego
• Blessed Esteve Casadevall Puig
• Blessed Eusebi Maria Codina Millà
• Blessed Felipe de Jesús Munárriz Azcona
• Blessed Francesc Roura Farró
• Blessed Francisco Castán Meseguer
• Blessed Gregorio Chirivas Lacamba
• Blessed Hilario Llorente Martín
• Blessed Jaume Falgarona Vilanova
• Blessed Joan Baixeras Berenguer
• Blessed Joan Codinachs Tuneu
• Blessed José Amorós Hernández
• Blessed José Blasco Juan
• Blessed José Figuero Beltrán
• Blessed José Pavón Bueno
• Blessed Josep Maria Badía Mateu
• Blessed Josep Ormo Seró
• Blessed Josep Ros Florensa
• Blessed Juan Díaz Nosti
• Blessed Juan Echarri Vique
• Blessed Juan Sánchez Munárriz
• Blessed Leoncio Pérez Ramos
• Blessed Lluís Escalé Binefa
• Blessed Lluís Lladó Teixidor
• Blessed Lluís Masferrer Vila
• Blessed Manuel Buil Lalueza
• Blessed Manuel Martínez Jarauta
• Blessed Manuel Torras Sais
• Blessed Miquel Masip González
• Blessed Nicasio Sierra Ucar
• Blessed Pedro García Bernal
• Blessed Pere Cunill Padrós
• Blessed Rafael Briega Morales
• Blessed Ramon Illa Salvia
• Blessed Ramon Novich Rabionet
• Blessed Salvador Pigem Serra
• Blessed Sebastià Riera Coromina
• Blessed Sebastián Calvo Martínez
• Blessed Secundino Ortega García
• Blessed Teodoro Ruiz de Larrinaga García
• Blessed Tomàs Capdevila Miró
• Blessed Wenceslau Clarís Vilaregut
They were martyred on 2 August through 18 August 1936 in Barbastro, Huesca, Spain and Beatified on 25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II.