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May 2nd: St. Athanasius , bishop and doctor of the Church

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Gospel text (Mt 10,22-25a): Jesus said to his disciples, «Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next». Jesus said to his disciples, «Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. A student is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. A student should be glad to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we celebrate St. Athanasius (Alexandria, Egypt), one of the most important Fathers of the Church. As a youngster he joined the Council of Nicaea (325), the first one of the Ecumenical Councils. It was there where the “Creed” we recite at the Mass on holidays, originated. At that time, the Alexandrian presbyter Arius was spreading his doctrine which pretended that Christ was not truly God, but an intermediate being between God and man. The Council of Nicaea asserted that the Son is Fully God; wholly divine.

—Athanasius —Bishop of Alexandria from the year 328— had to flee five times from his city; suffering because of his faith, spent up to seventeen years in exile.

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