Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Feast of Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus

I love the story of how Pontian, the rightful pope and Hippolytus, a schismatic anti-pope were rivals, yet the Romans had them both locked up together. Even in prison, they would not speak to each other, yet eventually were reconciled. Hippolytus is the only anti-pope to have been canonized. As a Protestant who was very anti-Catholic, yet reconciled to the Catholic Church, I can identify with him.

May the precious long-suffering of the just, O Lord, we pray, bring us a great increase of love for you and always prompt in our hearts constancy in the holy faith. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus, pray for us, that we would be reconciled with our brethren with whom we differ.

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