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June 28

Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

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“The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of God came down upon the Lord, and the Lord in turn gave this Spirit to his Church, sending the Advocate from heaven into all the world…” [1]

St. Irenaeus was an early Church Father in the 2nd century. He was mentored by St. Polycarp, himself a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. Irenaeus became Bishop of Lyons and fulfilled his calling as a prolific writer. Most notably, he defended the faith against the intellectual imperialism of the Gnostics; refuting their claims by defining truth as available to all. He said truth is public, unifying, and pneumatic (permeating). Additionally, St. Irenaeus helped identify the canon of scripture and the creed. [2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Saint Irenaeus, ‘The sending of the Holy Spirit,’ in the treatise Against Heresies, prepared by the Spiritual Theology Department of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, www.vatican.va
[2] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St Irenaeus.”
[3] His Holiness Benedict XVI, “General Audience” March 28, 2007.

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