Blog Template Theology of the Body: Saint Ignatius Theophorus of Antioch, AD 98-117

Monday, October 06, 2008

Saint Ignatius Theophorus of Antioch, AD 98-117

"Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church which has obtained mercy, through the majesty of the Most High Father, and Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son; (to) the Church (...which presides in the place of the Romans...) is beloved and enlightened by the will of Him that wills all things which are according to the love of Jesus Christ our God, worthy of God, worthy of honour, worthy of the highest happiness, worthy of praise, worthy of obtaining her every desire, worthy of being deemed holy, presiding officer over the universal community of charity, is named from Christ, and from the Father, which I also salute in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father: to those who are united, both according to the flesh and spirit, to every one of His commandments; who are filled inseparably with the grace of God, and are purified from every strange taint, I wish abundance of happiness unblameably, in Jesus Christ our God."

St. Ignatius, Epist. ad Rom.