Saint Days: Justin, Teacher of the Faith and Martyr
Justin the Martyr lived from 100 until around 165. He was one of the first non-Apostolic apologists. His writings defended Christians from attacks by pagans. He attempted to use philosophy and ethics to persuade Emperor Antoninus to stop persecuting Christians. He was eventually put on trial for his views and executed.
He viewed Reason and Truth as being ultimately united in Christ (the Logos). He believed humans who followed Reason to its logical end point were, without realizing it, true Christians. He believed philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Heraclitus were among this group.
Even Christians this early in the history of the Church understood the reality of the Real Presence. Justin stated:
Let us remember the faithful teachings and martyrdom of Justin today in our prayers:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant Justin Martyr special gifts of grace to understand and teach the truth as it is in Christ Jesus: Grant that by this teaching we may know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.