Saint Days: Irenaeus, Bishop and Teacher of the Faith
St. Irenaeus (early 2nd c.-202) was an important figure in the early Church. He was trained by a Bishop named Polycarp from Smyrna who had been a disciple of the Apostle John. He was one of the earliest apologists and gives us moderns important insights into the Church of the late 2nd century.
He had three major emphases: the episcopate, Scripture, and tradition. These are things people of catholic faith still value today. He wrote two very important works: On Apostolic Preaching and Against Heresies.
Irenaeus provides us a wonderful reminder: "The glory of God is the human person fully alive."
Let us remember Irenaeus in our prayers:
Almighty God, you gave to your servant Irenaeus 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.