Good Monday Morning to this week 15 of 2021
St. Ignatius of Antioch 35 – 107
As the second (or third) bishop of Antioch, one of the most important churches of the day, he was certainly one of the most prominent Christians of the time immediately succeeding the apostles.
Ignatius was overseer (bishop) of the Christians in Antioch in Syria during one of the persecutions that broke out while Trajan was emperor. When Ignatius was arrested, he refused to acknowledge the official gods and, not being a Roman citizen, was sentenced to die in the amphitheater in Rome. The soldiers with whom he traveled to Rome allowed him to visit some of the Christian communities along the way.
St Ignatius of Antioch has some very practical tips for our daily walk in faith.
A few of my favorites:
Christianity is not a matter of persuading people of particular ideas, but of inviting them to share in the greatness of Christ.
It is better to be silent and be real than to talk and not be real.
Take heed often to come together to give thanks to God and show forth His praise. For when you assemble frequently in the same place, the powers of Satan are destroyed, and the destruction at which he aims is prevented by the unity of your faith.
Do everything as if He were dwelling in us. Thus we shall be His temples and He will be within us as our God – as He actually is.
A Christian is not his own master, since all his time belongs to God.
It is not that I want merely to be called a Christian, but actually to be one. Yes, if I prove to be one, then I can have the name.
Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.
Pray without ceasing on behalf of other men…For cannot he that falls rise again?
Pray as if God will take care of all; act as if all is up to you.
Wishing you a good, practical start to this new week!