Mike Aquilina

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Tuesday October 17th 2006, 5:53 am

Today’s the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, who died around 107 A.D. On his way to martyrdom in Rome, he wrote seven letters that have survived for us, thanks to the good offices of his friend St. Polycarp of Smyrna (who was himself a disciple of the Apostle John). St. Ignatius is an early and eloquent witness to traditional Christian doctrines of the divinity of Christ and His humanity, baptism and the Eucharist, the hieararchy (bishop, priest, deacon), and Roman primacy. His letters preserve the earliest recorded use of the term “the Catholic Church.” I’ll be talking about him with Bruce and Kris McGregor at Spirit Radio. You can tune in 7:20 to 8 a.m. (Central Time) at KVSS’s website. Just click the “listen live” button. I hope to have the interview posted on the blog tonight. Maria Lectrix has podcasted audio of all of Ignatius’s letters. And they’re available in text in lots of translations. (For those of you who prefer a good, solid book, see here.)