Saint Anastasius I (d.401)

for December 19

Saint Anastasius I was a Roman by birth, but very little is known about his early life. He was elected pope in 399 and began his papacy by condemning the works of Origen. His mistrust of Origen began after he received a letter from Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria expressing great uncertainty about Origen's faithfulness to Christian teaching. In 400, Anastasius organized a council to deliberate on the writings of Origen, which were judged to be heretical. Even though he faced opposition to this decision, Anastasius upheld the council's judgment. Anastasius also fought against the heresy of Donatism. Saint Anastasius I kept holy company, including Saint Augustine of Hippo, Saint Jerome, and Saint Paulinus of Nola.

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Saint Anastasius knew that Origen was spreading heretical messages, but faced opposition from others when he brought light to the situation. Do you stand up for what you know to be right, even when others get angry with you or oppose you? Ask for the Lord's help to understand with your heart, and to always act on what you know to be right and just.


Heavenly Father, strengthen me to be able to both understand with my heart and act from my conscience so that I can continue to be your effective disciple. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)