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Memorials of the Saints – 19 December

Day Four – Christmas Novena to the Christ Child:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/19/christmas-novena-to-the-christ-child-day-four-19-december-2/

St Pope Anastasius I (Died 401)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/12/19/saint-of-the-day-19-december-st-pope-anastasius-i-died-401/
St Augustine Moi Van Nguyen
St Avitus of Micy
Bl Berengar of Banares
St Berardo Valeara OSB (c 1050-1122) Bishop
His life:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/19/saint-of-the-day-st-berardo-valeara-of-teramo-osb-c-1050-1122/
Bl Bogumila Noiszewska
St Boniface of Cilicia
Bl Cecilia of Ferrara
St Dominic Uy Van Bui
St Fausta of Sirmium
St Gregory of Auxerre
St Jaume Boguñá Casanovas
St Johannes Gogniat
St Jordi Sampé Tarragó
St Josep Albareda Ramoneda
Bl Kazimiera Wolowska
Bl Konrad Liechtenau
St Manirus of Scotland
St Meuris of Alexandria
St Nemesius of Alexandria
St Phanxicô Xaviê Hà Trong Mau
St René Dubroux
Ribert of Saint-Oyend
St Stêphanô Nguyen Van Vinh
St Thea of Alexandria
St Timothy the Deacon
St Tôma Nguyen Van Ðe
Blessed Pope Urban V (1310-1370)
About Blessed Pope Urban:

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/saint-of-the-day-19-december-blessed-pope-urban-v-1310-1370/
Blessed William of Fenoli O.Cart. (1065-1120) Carthusian Monk

Blessed Mercedarian Fathers – (6 beati): A group of Mercedarian monks noted for their dedication to the Order’s rule, for their continuous prayer life and their personal piety.
• Blessed Bartolomeo of Podio
• Blessed Giovanni of Verdera
• Blessed Guglielmo de Gallinaris
• Blessed Guglielmo of Prunera
• Blessed Pietro of Benevento
• Blessed Pietro of Gualba

Martyrs of Nicaea – (4 saints): A group of Christians martyred together. The only surviving details are four of their names – Darius, Paul, Secundus and Zosimus. They were martyred at Nicaea, Bithynia (modern Izmit, Turkey).

Martyrs of Nicomedia – (5 saints): A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than the names of five – Anastasius, Cyriacus, Paulillus, Secundus and Syndimius. They were martyred in 303 at Nicomedia, Asia Minor.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. Virtually each day of the year a Group are celebrated, usually individually but sometimes an entire Monastery or Convent or Lay Movement were martyred together. Today we remember:
• Blessed Jaume Boguñá Casanovas
• Blessed Jordi Sampé Tarragó
• Blessed Josep Albareda Ramoneda

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Saint of the Day – 19 December – St Pope Anastasius I (Died 401)

Saint of the Day – 19 December – St Pope Anastasius I (Died 401) – Widower, Priest and Pope – born in the 4th century in Rome, Italy – Papal Ascension, successor to Pope Siricius on 27 November 399 until his death on 19 December 401 of natural causes.   Among his friends were Augustine, Jerome and Paulinus.   Jerome speaks of him as a man of great holiness who was rich in his poverty.saint-anastasius-i.jpg

Anastasius was known as a pious youth and, apparently, cared nothing for material things as an adult.   He was born about the year 330, a Roman, whose father’s name was Maximus.   When he was a young man, Anastasius must have married and had at least one son.   Relatively early, it would appear, Anastasius was widowed and never remarried.

It was a time of peace and growth for the Catholic Church and, despite wars in far off regions of the empire, it was a time of relative peace in the Western provinces. Anastasius became a cleric and, it would make sense to assume, so did his son.

However, just a few years before Anastasius became Pope, in 395, Emperor Theodosius died, leaving his eleven year old son, Honorius, to govern.   The half-Vandal Stilicho, became regent and power behind the throne.   Within three years, Stilicho declared war on the North African province, when he heard rumours of the province seceding and moving to the Eastern Empire.   Africa was Rome’s bread basket.   The city of Rome panicked and civil turmoil resulted.   The rebellion was quashed within a year and Anastasius was consecrated with the promise of more peace.Pope_Anastasius_I

The Church had converted to Latin as its universal language, due to the expansion of the faith.   It became necessary to have a common language for councils and synods, at this point.   Many of the fathers of the Church and theologians thus wrote in, or had works translated into, Latin.   It often happened that the original authors were long dead at the time of the translation.   Thus was the scenario when Anastasius ascended the Chair of Peter.   The new pope, consecrated 27 November 399, received a letter from Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria, expressing strong doubt about Origen’s fidelity to the Church. Rufinus of Aquiliea had taken the time to translate Origen’s “First Principles” from the original Greek.   St Jerome, the elderly man who had worked so hard on the “Vulgate Bible”, had attacked Rufinus’ work.   He felt the writings of Origen did not meet his sense of orthodoxy.   Not being familiar with Origen’s work, himself, Anastasius called a council to consider the problem.   The council ultimately agreed with Jerome and claimed that Origen’s work was heterodox, thus eliminating it from acceptable belief.

“If Origen has put forth any other writings, you are to know that they and their author are alike condemned by me.   The Lord have you in safe keeping, my lord and brother deservedly held in honour.”

from his letter to St Simplicianus190px-39-St.jpg

Meanwhile, on the south side of the Mediterranean, the North African Christians were battling another heresy – the Donatists.   Their main argument, in a nutshell, was that sacraments were only valid, depending on the spiritual character of the priests and bishops.   For the better part of one hundred years, the arguments had been continuing, despite the death of Donatus in 355 and several synods trying to straighten it out.   In the late 300s, Augustine of Hippo argued and tried to settle the question.   This was apparently of high interest to Anastasius, who encouraged the fight against this heresy. He did not live to see Emperor Honorius’ secretary of state declare Donatism illegal.   But Augustine did.

St Anastasius instructed priests to stand and bow their head as they read from the gospels.

Anastasius died in Rome on 19 December 401, having ruled just over two years.   He was buried in the Catacomb of Pontian together with his son and immediate successor, Pope Innocent I, which is probably a unique case of a pope being succeeded by his son.Dec+19+st Pope+Anastasius+I+1.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 19 December

St Pope Anastasius I (Died 401)
St Augustine Moi Van Nguyen
St Avitus of Micy
Bl Berengar of Banares
St Berardo Valeara of Teramo OSB (c 1050-1122)
Bl Bogumila Noiszewska
St Boniface of Cilicia
Bl Cecilia of Ferrara
St Dominic Uy Van Bui
St Fausta of Sirmium
St Gregory of Auxerre
St Jaume Boguñá Casanovas
St Johannes Gogniat
St Jordi Sampé Tarragó
St Josep Albareda Ramoneda
Bl Kazimiera Wolowska
Bl Konrad Liechtenau
St Manirus of Scotland
St Meuris of Alexandria
St Nemesius of Alexandria
St Phanxicô Xaviê Hà Trong Mau
St René Dubroux
Ribert of Saint-Oyend
St Stêphanô Nguyen Van Vinh
St Thea of Alexandria
St Timothy the Deacon
St Tôma Nguyen Van Ðe
Bl Pope Urban V (1310-1370)
About Blessed Pope Urban:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/saint-of-the-day-19-december-blessed-pope-urban-v-1310-1370/

Bl William of Fenoli

Blessed Mercedarian Fathers – (6 beati): A group of Mercedarian monks noted for their dedication to the Order’s rule, for their continuous prayer life and their personal piety.
• Blessed Bartolomeo of Podio
• Blessed Giovanni of Verdera
• Blessed Guglielmo de Gallinaris
• Blessed Guglielmo of Prunera
• Blessed Pietro of Benevento
• Blessed Pietro of Gualba

Martyrs of Nicaea – (4 saints): A group of Christians martyred together. The only surviving details are four of their names – Darius, Paul, Secundus and Zosimus. They were martyred at Nicaea, Bithynia (modern Izmit, Turkey).

Martyrs of Nicomedia – (5 saints): A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than the names of five – Anastasius, Cyriacus, Paulillus, Secundus and Syndimius. They were martyred in 303 at Nicomedia, Asia Minor.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. Virtually each day of the year a Group are celebrated, usually individually but sometimes an entire Monastery or Convent or Lay Movement were martyred together. Today we remember:
• Blessed Jaume Boguñá Casanovas
• Blessed Jordi Sampé Tarragó
• Blessed Josep Albareda Ramoneda

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Thought for the Day – 19 December

Thought for the Day – 19 December

In a very short pontificate – just around 4 years – St Pope Anastasius I faced two big problems.  The first was Origen and the second the Donatists.  He dealt with them both effectively by conference with his brother Bishops, to confirm his own understanding.

It is not unlike the situations we ourselves face on a daily basis, living as we do in a secular society.  And how do we resolve such issues – we are not all theologians/apologists or debaters?

We have everything we need in the Catechism of the Catholic Church – every single answer is there!  Do you own a copy?  It should be by now rather well-worn!

St Pope Anastasius I Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 19 December

One Minute Reflection – 19 December

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him and he with me……Rv 3:20

REFLECTION – “Speak to Jesus and you will give joy to His heart.
Your own heart will open up to the ray
of this Sun of Goodness, like humid
and chilled flowers on a spring morning”…………St Peter Julian Eymard

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, let me learn to open the door to my heart to You and speak with You daily. Let me be inundated with the warmth of Your love and direction so that I may follow You more closely every day. Let me live only Your truth dear Lord and follow the teachings of Your Church as St Pope Anastasius I did, whom I ask for intercession in prayer. Amen

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Saint of the Day – 19 December

Saint of the Day – 19 December – St Pope Anastasius I – (Papacy began 399-401 his death on 19 December)

Pope St. Anastasius I was elect the 39th Pope in 399. He was born in Rome, the son of Maximus. He condemned the writings of the Alexandrian theologian Origen shortly after their translation into Latin. He fought against these writings throughout his papacy, and in 400 he called a council to discuss them. The council agreed that Origen was not faithful to the Catholic Church.

‘If Origen has put forth any other writings, you are to know that they and their author are alike condemned by me.
The Lord have you in safe keeping, my lord and brother deservedly held in honour.’ — letter to Simplicianus,

During his reign he also encouraged Catholics in North Africa to fight Donatism.

He instructed priests to stand and bow their head as they read from the gospels.

Among his friends were Augustine, Jerome, and Paulinus. Jerome speaks of him as a man of great holiness who was rich in his poverty.

He died in Rome and was eventually buried in the Catacomb of Pontian together with his son, who would be Pope Innocent I, a unique case of a Pope being succeeded by his son.