June 1, 2017

Today is the required Memorial for St. Justin who took the name “Martyr.” As you know, in Greek this word means “witness.” It came to signify a witness to Christianity who gave his/her life for Christ and the Church just as St. Justin did. It is said that Justin was the first Christian philosopher. He studied various philosophies but came to realize that none of them answered the questions of existence the way that Christianity did, so he converted. He ran a School of Philosophy in Rome and used Plato’s works to bolster the Christian faith the way that St. Thomas Aquinas use Aristotle. He was one of the early Apologists in the Church; however, only two of his works have survived.


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