Saint Sylvester I (d.335)
for December 31
Saint Sylvester I was pope during the reign of Emperor Constantine I, after the persecutions and terror of Diocletian. He was pope during important events such as the proclamation of the Edict of Milan, the rise of the Catholic Church from the catacombs, the construction of the Basilicas of Saint John Lateran and Saint Peter, and the Council of Nicaea. However, these great events were largely made possible by Emperor Constantine I. Even though he was pope at the time of a very powerful and influential leader, Sylvester I was a strong and knowledgeable pope who maintained the independence of the Church. Saint Sylvester I died in 335 in Rome and was the first non-martyr to be honored as a saint.
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Even though Saint Sylvester I was pope during the time of the powerful and influential Emperor Constantine I, he was an intelligent leader who maintained the independence of the Church. Saint Sylvester I may not have faced as much opposition as previous popes, but he was very influential and dedicated to the Church. Ask the Lord to help you make your life a reflection God's love, even though you may not be the biggest celebrity in the room.
May my life reflect my love for you, my God, and your love for me. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)