ST ATHANASIUS, BISHOP, CONFESSOR AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH – MEMORIAL: MAY 2
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, was one of the strongest defenders of the Catholic faith. As a deacon at the Council of Nicaea he checked Arius’ false teachings and won such bitter hatred from the Arian’s that from then on they never stopped laying snares for him.
He suffered incredible hardships
He was banished and lived in exile at Treves in Gaul. He suffered incredible hardships, travelling all over the greater part of the Roman world, and was driven several times from his See, but was as often restored by Pope Julius and the Councils of Sardica and Jerusalem. During all of this time, he was constantly being attacked by the Arians.
Soon miracles made his life and death famous
God finally released him from his many sufferings; he died at Alexandria in the reign of Valens. Soon miracles made his life and death famous. In his lifetime he had written many works which devoutly and clearly explained the faith, and for forty-six years, in the most troubled times, he had governed the church of Alexandria with great holiness.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964