Happy Feast Day
St. Hilary of Poitiers
Doctor of the Church
Feast day: January 13 (New), January 14 (Trad)
Patronage: Against rheumatism, snake bites, mothers, awkward children, the sick, Vervio, Italy, LaRochelle, France
Saint Hilary was born into a wealthy, pagan family, and educated in philosophy and rhetoric. He believed people should rise above their desires and live a life of virtue. This leads him to search for truth, where he “read” himself into the faith through the Gospels. There he found the confirmation of the one true God and our purpose of life, eternity. He was elected Bishop after his conversion, only soon to be exiled by the Arians. This gave him time to research and write on the Trinity and the nature of God, refuting the Arian Heresy. He was the first to compose hymns based on Scripture.
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