May 2, 2017 (Required Memorial of St. Athanasius)

St. Athanasius was the long-term Bishop of Alexandria. He is best known as the champion of orthodoxy at the Council of Nicea in Ad 325 that combatted the Arian heresy that Jesus Christ was not truly God and truly man. He is often called the “Doctor of the Incarnation.” He was one of the 4 Doctors of the Eastern Church. He also wrote the life story of St. Anthony of Egypt. He is timely today, as the mystery of Jesus Christ is still under attack by modern-day “Arian types” who deny his divinity. (People like Dan Brown) He was greatly out numbered at the Council of Nicea yet won the day and stood up for orthodoxy.

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