by Irenaeus (130AD – 202AD)
Christ sends out his twelve apostles, with the power of miracles.
The lessons he gives them. (Mt10:32-35) “Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword. For I came to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
Why did Christ urge his disciples to take up the cross and follow Him?…. With respect to the suffering He would experience and His disciples would endure. He suggests, “For whosoever will lose His life, shall find it.” And because His disciples must suffer for His sake
Christ said to them, “Behold, I send you prophets and wise men and scribes; and some of them you kill and crucify.”…. Therefore He knew both those who would suffer persecution and those who would be whipped and killed because of Him. He didn’t speak about any other cross but of the suffering He would experience…. As a result, He gave them encouragement. “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to send both soul and body into hell.” He urged them to hold tightly to their professions of faith in Him. For He promised to confess His Father those who confess His name before men. But He announced that He would deny those who were ashamed to confess allegiance to Him.
[Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp, Polycarop succeeded and was taught by St John, the Apostle. Irenaeus succeeded martyr Saint Pothinus as Bishop of Lyons.]
The date of death of St. Irenaeus is not known, but it is believed to be in the year 202. The bodily remains of St. Irenaeus were buried in a crypt under the altar of what was then called the church of St. John, but was later known by the name of St. Irenaeus himself. This tomb or shrine was destroyed by the Calvinists in 1562, and all trace of his relics seems to have perished. The fact he was buried in the crypt and placed under the altar suggest martyrdom. The protestants set out to destroy all things Catholic, relics and holy Church interiors were common attack sites. After hollowing out the insides, they carried them out to the street and usually burned them.
Heretics, Schismatics and others of the Dead:
Do you believe that denial of Jesus is merely a verbal lack of acknowledgement? Or do you not understand that any such rejection of Christ is much Broader? For instance: Saul, Saul, why persecute thou me?“[Acts of Apostles 9:4, 22:7, 26:14]. In three separate accounts, Saul the assassin was persecuting His Church, after He had ascended to the Right Hand of the Father. Jesus didn’t say my disciples, my church, he said, ” ME!”
Do you not see, that a denial of Christ includes his teachings and His teaching authority that He prudently and with His unsurpassed Wisdom provided? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God….. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus said it, I believe it and everything else is “get behind me Satan!”
Daily Indulgence: partial (300 days) Plenary once a month on usual conditions for daily recital (S. P. Ap., Dec 21, 1936). RACCOLTA pg 130.