Today, August 13th, we celebrate the Feast Day of...
Who: Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs
What: Both men died for their faith after harsh conditions and treatment in the salt mines of Sardinia.
When: (d. 235)
☕️Pontian was Pope from 230-235.
☕️Hippolytus was an antipope. He was in schism with the Church when exiled to Sardinia. Hippolytus was a rigorist, and he strongly disapproved of (what he perceived as) the Church's laxity toward sinners.
☕️Both men were exiled to Sardinia along with others during a period of Christian persecution. Before his death Hippolytus saw the errors of his ways, repented, and asked Pope Pontian for reconciliation.
☕️Hippolytus was one of the most influential and prolific writers and theologians in the Early Church.
“Christ, like a skillful physician, understands the weakness of men. He loves to teach the ignorant and the erring he turns again to his own true way. He is easily found by those who live by faith and to those of pure eye and holy heart, who desire to knock at the door, he opens immediately.”
Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus, pray for us!