January 13 / 13 de enero: St. Hilary / San Hilario

San Hilario nació en el seno del paganismo en el siglo IV. Su afán por buscar la verdad, le llevó a estudiar las diferentes corrientes filosóficas de la época. La búsqueda de la respuesta sobre el fin del hombre le llevó a la lectura de la Biblia, en donde finalmente encontró lo que buscaba – entonces se convirtió al cristianismo. Era un noble terrateniente, y cuando se convirtió estaba casado y tenía una hija, Abre, a quien amaba tiernamente.

Poco después de su Bautismo, ¡el pueblo lo aclamó como obispo de su ciudad natal (Poitiers)! Junto a la voz retumbante del polemista y del defensor de la ortodoxia teológica (defendiendo el Concilio Niceno y la Divinidad de Cristo), hay en él también otra voz: la del padre y pastor. San Hilario, ruega por nosotros.

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 St. Hilary of Poitiers was a staunch defender of the divinity of Christ and was inspired by the Council of Nicea (which had taken place shortly after his birth, in the Fourth Century). He was revered as a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity. In a very troubled period in the Church, his personal holiness was lived out in both scholarship and controversy. He became the bishop of Poitiers in France.

Raised a pagan, he was converted to Christianity, influenced mainly by the Scriptures. His wife was still living when he was chosen, against his will, to be bishop. He was soon taken up with battling what became the scourge of the fourth century, Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ.

St. Hilary was sent into exile, but while there he was invited by some who had left the true teaching of the Church. They were hoping for a reconciliation on the Church’s teaching, but St. Hilary predictably defended the truth. When he sought a public debate, they dreaded the meeting and its outcome. They pleaded with the emperor to “send this troublemaker back home.” St. Hilary, pray for us.

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