Feast of the day

1.SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA Bishop and Doctor of the Church (+444); 2.SAINT LADISLAS King (1041-1095)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
1.SAINT CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA Bishop and Doctor of the Church (+444)

        Cyril of Alexandria, nephew of Theophilus, Bishop of Alexandria, gave evidences even as a youth of outstanding intelligence. After Theophilus' death he was called to that very See, became a sincere example to his flock, and grew famous as a most excellent pastor.

        He showed marked assiduousness in the preservation of the Catholic faith against Nestorius, who asserted that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary only as a man and not as God, and tha divinity was conferred on him for his merits.

        After Cyril tried in vain to correct Nestorius, he denounced him to Pope St. Celestine. With this Pontiff's delegated authority, Cyril attended some sessions of the Council of Ephesus at which the Nestorian heresy was absolutely condemned, Nestorius excommunicated, and removed from his See, and the Catholic dogma of one divine person in Christ and the divine maternity of the glorious Virgin Mary asserted.

        Solicitous for the faith alone, he suffered a great deal on account of it, carried out the greatest labors for God's Church, produced a great many writings, and died a holy death in the year 444, in the thirty-second year of his episcopacy.

2.SAINT LADISLAS King (1041-1095)

        Ladislas the First, son of Bela, King of Hungary, was born in 1041. By the pertinacious importunity of the people he was compelled, much against his own inclination, to ascend the throne, in 1080.

        He restored the good laws and discipline which St. Stephen had established, and which seem to have been obliterated by the confusion of the times. Chastity, meekness, gravity, charity, and piety were from his infancy the distinguishing parts of his character; avarice and ambition were his sovereign aversion, so perfectly had the maxims of the Gospel extinguished in him all propensity to those base passions.

        His life in the palace was most austere; he was frugal and abstemious, but most liberal to the Church and the poor. Vanity, pleasure, or idle amusements had no share in his actions or time, because all his moments were consecrated to the exercises of religion and the duties of his station, in which he had only the divine will in view, and sought only God's greater honor.

        He watched over a strict and impartial administration of justice, was generous and merciful to his enemies, and vigorous in the defence of his country and the Church. He drove the Huns out of his territories, and vanquished the Poles, Russians, and Tartars.

        He was preparing to command, as general-in-chief, the great expedition of the Christians against the Saracens for the recovery of the Holy Land, when God called him to Himself, on the 30th of July, 1095.