Saint Athanasius: Defender of the Faith

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At a church council at Nicaea in , Arius and his ideas were condemned, and the bishops composed the Nicene Creed.

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Athanasius, who had attended the Council of Nicaea, was deeply impressed by the bishops. For the rest of his life, he defended all the doctrines of the Church. When he became bishop of Alexandria in , it was the beginning of almost 50 years of persecution at the hands of Arian heretics, who had become very popular.

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During these long years, Athanasius was unjustly accused of crimes, was deliberately misunderstood and humiliated, and was exiled several times. The last few years of his life were rather peaceful, and he died in his native city in Public Domain via Wikimedia. Saint Athanasius Feast day May 2.

You remain outside the places of worship, but the Faith dwells within you. Let us consider: what is more important, the place or the Faith? The true Faith, obviously. Who has lost and who has won in this struggle-the one who keeps the premises or the one who keeps the Faith? True, the premises are good when the apostolic Faith is preached there; they are holy if everything takes place there in a holy way You are the ones who are happy: you who remain within the church by your faith, who hold firmly to the foundations of the Faith which has come down to you from apostolic Tradition.

Athanasius of Alexandria

And if an execrable jealousy has tried to shake it on a number of occasions, it has not succeeded. They are the ones who have broken away from it in the present crisis. No one, ever, will prevail against your faith, beloved brothers. And we believe that God will give us our churches back some day.

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Thus, the more violently they try to occupy the places of worship, the more they separate themselves from the Church. They claim that they represent the Church; but in reality, they are the ones who are expelling themselves from it and going astray.

Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ. You are here: Home Letter of St.