minima maxima sunt

The Small things are the Great things; as in a grain of mustard seed.

Malleus Arianorum – The Hammer against Arianism

St. Hilary of Poitiers January 13th

c 300 – 368

St. Hilary of Poitiers
St. Hilary of Poitiers

The Memorial of Saint Hilary remembers one of the doctors of the church who served as bishop of Poitiers,  France,  during the fourth century. In the heat of the Christological controversies he was one of the heavy weights who fought on the side of orthodoxy against the beliefs of the Arians, who rejected the divinity of the Son of God.

A friend and supporter of Athanasius, he suffered exile under the Arian Emperor Constantius II. He is also referred to as the Athanasius of the west.

In the heat of the Arian Controversy, which a great portion of the christian world was adopting, there were few voices that stood their ground, but through their diligence, their stand for what they knew was right and true, they persevered and preserved the faith.


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2 thoughts on “Malleus Arianorum – The Hammer against Arianism

  1. Ambrose Stapleton on said:

    Did you know that St. Nicholas actually punched Arius during a heated council concerning Arianism.

    • Mike LaFountain on said:

      Yes. It’s hard not to chuckle about it,, Santa Claus smacking someone.. But the other side is that it really places St. Nick on a whole different level. It ends up for me being very profound. Not only that the saint was a real person with real passions and beliefs but that it truly shows how seriously the offense of Arianism was.

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