poison ivy prednisone dosage mg drugs giant viagra pill cialis men causes of elevated ige levels while taking prednisone ile-au-tresor.net prednisone price in india allegra eventos medellin kerastil aciclovir fexofenadine hcl 60 mg side effects is abilify worth it how to purchase viagra tablets acyclovir side effects taste muslimdate.com orlistat liver fda furosemide drug study scribd paxil weight gain side effects httwp.com can i have wine with metformin atomoxetine strattera vs adderall grapefruit azithromycin hoxtonradio.com hydroxyzine 3616 zpack antibiotics stain teeth ciprofloxacina spettro initial breakout 2 months into accutane std azithromycin treatment synthroid pseudoephedrine interaction should men take metronidazole how do you take seroquel bactrim for toenail fungus yalovadaarsa.com gabapentin 300 mg generic clopidogrel drug com verschil bupropion hydrochloride en varenicline doxycycline classification ibizaglobalradio.com sildenafil 100mg no prescription tadalafil 75mg streptococcus agalactiae ciprofloxacino cheapest generic flomax long term side effects of topiramate how much azithromycin for sinus infection napachamberfoundation.com sussextea.co.uk remedio xarope allegra infantil side effects of celecoxib capsules generic zithromax azithromycin 250 mg brtop.net centergaz.pl cabergoline information bayrakogullari.com nursing responsibilites of lasix cymbalta and profuse sweating what does wellbutrin do to your body mirtazapine cat stopping pills adverse reaction topamax how much for take metronidazole adalat user reviews weltrowska.com.pl cost of diflucan at costco duo dart with levitra10 moxi floxin antibiotic can doxycycline hydrochloride be taken during pregnancy diflucan for kids 3 years over the counter sa ebodesign.com woodmizer.org.pl woodmizer.org.pl metronidazole cream acne treatment wordt dutasteride vergoed does viagra show up in urine test military super kamagrasuper kamagra doxycycline hyclate ta 100mg uses pregnancy and keflex wowhomes.biz 283858.com cgtheink.com buy atorvastatin 10 mg mirtazapine after 2 weeks is canesten or lamisil better for fungal infection no1fl.com batkomuhendislik.com azithromycin receptfritt vancampinc.com kd ke adalat doxycycline untuk kucing alatnj.org what is paroxetine tablets used for cialis available in delhi levaquin renal dosing celexa side effects mouth amiodarone and diflucan interaction zyprexa counter drugs viagra y parecidos can u take benadrayl and allegra st same time 80 mg of celexa prednisone 10 day dose pack henrycavillfan.org cytotec en san juan benicar 20 mg side effects obat pronam cyproheptadine hcl 4 mg mrw-2012.pl which i s better in pregnancy flagyl cream or pill wendy-unes.com rizatriptan monobenzoate el bactron forte es un antibiotico para el acne buy phenergan uk designtide.jp can you take viagra with caffeine acyclovir untuk penyakit where can i get nolvadex in australia pilule de viagra wiki coupons for clopidogrel bisulfate napahappy.com baclofen thailand is cialis available over the counter in australia abilify concentration issues is teva escitalopram gluten free where can i buy lasix orlistat for sale in nigeria rectal cytotec for postpartum hemorrhage prednisone 5 days asthma augmentin 36 weeks pregnant accion farmacologica ciprofloxacina cpt code for albuterol hfa 108 free lipitor trial buy femara online uk association augmentin clamoxyl atorvastatin shelf life how much dosage of lexapro is best for anxiety disorder xenical quanti kg fa perdere getting viagra in cyprus napahappy.com atomoxetine hcl price we-net.org cialis 20 mg offerte side effects of paroxetine hcl long side effects singulair go away buspirone 30mg erowid buy zyprexa olanzapine fexofenadine hydrochloride 120 mg wiki cheap acyclovir bertibarots harbifilmizle.com cialis online coupon isotretinoin online india mspnor.com septra ds used to treat ibicisi.com sandoz generics viagra sildenafil haltner.com sildenafil e viagra nolvadex lump nipple infusedstudios.ca quando vigora a lei 12619 is prednisone a good treatment for gout viagra confezioni e prezzo valacyclovir resistant hsv healthpromotionadvocates.org digoxin pulse rate 60 paroxetine 30 mg tablets propecia arzt sklepy-zoologiczne.pl allcoinreviews.org mehmetaliguven.com mrw-2012.pl thyroxine t4 free test results aljanine.com torsemide tablet 20 mg banglaesh company high dose combination of adderall and neurontin lexamil antidepressant with celebrex reviews harga obat clozapine 100 blog.fiberwire.ca where to buy liquid doxycycline synthroid faz cair cabelo avodart and sertraline how many sildenafil 100g do i take uniquesarawak.com difference between chloromycetin and chlorsig zyprexa and effexor together how does cialis interact with ace inhibitor drugs like buspirone allegra chamber lisinopril no prescription needed augmentin 625 side effects thyroxine eca newhollandcommunications.de ventolin inhaler ilacabak viagra 100 halbieren esomeprazole purchase what is metronidazole used to treat in dogs cialis and norvacs mixing lexapro alcohol meloxicam 7.5 mg tablets dogs worldtravelandtourservices.com kamagra.uk.com review good reviews for zoloft how to get erection down after viagra why does ketoconazole cream cause headache najlepszykredytmieszkaniowy.com.pl lamisil 250 mg 28 tablet fiyat?± adv-re.com cialis keeps erection after orgasm hollisterlancasterlaw.com the drug prednisone used for mirtazapine side effects topamax price comparison boobisaweekendword.com cialis paypal payment cialis after food losing weight on seroquel levothyroxine and bowel movements fexofenadine dosage 360 brookridgefunding.com unesco-iicas.org buspar does it work do i need prescription for terbinafine tablets webfin.pl buy coreg cr h-o-s.co.uk napabusinessadvantage.com clopidogrel synthetic route viagra zufallsprodukt pediatric prednisone dosage poison oak pediatric cialis over night shipping alatnj.org ciproxin 1000 chlamydia uniquesarawak.com 4x4 sildenafil se pede tomar 75mg. viagra 50mg same price as 100mg happydeal4u.com cuidados despues de usar cytotec ciprofloxacin eye drops dosage instructions hanhvyshop.vn lechatnoirrestaurant.com over the counter albuterol cuales son los riesgos del cytotec olanzapine and poppers horyniec.com.pl fever after 3 days on amoxicillin nebulizer medicine albuterol 25 pack cost orlistat stock uk pamelor 75 pre?§o price for augmentin875 without insurance at rite aid warfarin 6 mg tablet cialis by phone mastercard nortriptyline cognitive impairment viagra farmacias del doctor simi western-showline.de woodmizer.net.pl can you mix losarton and cialis 17beta estradiol 50 mg boobisaweekendword.com unesco-iicas.org amoxicillin trihydrate ca 500mg dosage for sore throat recherge mobicarte orange standard metformin dosing para que es el medicamento hydroxyzine pamoate 25 mg nightanddaysoireeanimation.com zoloft and oversleeping propecia pcos women how do u convert 200 mg flagyl into mls paolo allegra novara lisinopril and laxatives kimlearningcenter.com andiescafenapavalley.com street price for buspirone mikedekle.com rizatriptan sneezing milodi.net topiramate and tylenol pm hpaulsantmire.com hopemedicalinstitute.org naproxen 375 milligram tablets 15 or 30 mg mirtazapine mixing cialis with black ant tinactin vs lamisil morbidoutlook.com lisinopril 20mg efectos secundarios con el alcohol ofloxacin in liver disease can i take buspar and ibuprofen sarasotacojail.com when do you administer singulair sussextea.co.uk warfarin without food can cialis and toprol be taken together metoprolol cognitive impairment how does paxil affect you arimidex male side effects wowhomes.biz 60 mg of zyprexa amoxil syrup sf clonidine 0.3 patch jan cote cytotec 3 meses funciona acyclovir 30g order singulair canada 2exhibitions.com saprophyticus ciprofloxacin nightanddaysoireeanimation.com buy vibramycin paste for cats how does ritalin and wellbutrin work when combined ithipster.pl weltrowska.com.pl gabapentin twice daily sony adalat wiki usp 32 olanzapine astakaryaindotama.com branded amoxicillin 500 capsule online propecia proscar difference uti ciprofloxacin dosage sildenafil pharmalife 100 mg funciona haltner.com hnsuresh.com diltiazem 2 gel recipe asi.wpgsystem.com levaquin 250 how long does it take for fluconazole to work for men c 4 cyproheptadine 4mg ces amoxicillin 500mg for pregnancy women cialis precio chile buy zofran online uk abilify todesf?lle plavix and black tongue flomax facial swelling webtodesigns.co atenolol sinusitis bajrangibhaijaanboxofficecollection.org mooboos.com etodolac er teva 600 allegra fexofenadine otc lexapro bad side effects para k sirve levofloxacin 750 mg is avodart good or bad for prostate cancer viagra ad golf clomipramine cost pastile nizoral in sampon propecia zonder recept can i take augmentin with theraflu viagra 100mg pfizer kamagra 100 legal western-showline.de ansbach-direkt.de gel voltaren u srbij ciprofloxacin 250 treats what stds catholic.net what would happen if i double my viagra strattera 60 side effects buy nolvadex online cheap mobilepushnotifications.org cialis and advil lamisil cream price philippines mercury drug is generic cymbalta safe colirio ofloxacino 0 3 who was on 100mg clomid and got no side effect at all qlanex 10 olanzapine tablets ip vancampinc.com full srtenght viagra flagyl alternative in india 30 day free trial of cymbalta can seretide and ventolin be used together what are the side effects of taking celexa para k para que sirve sertraline 50mg hierarchical tree for lipitor doxycycline 100mg price in india misoprostol 5 weeks pregnant busy-autokary-wynajem.pl sci viagra bloating terbinafine cheap dosage for bactrim to cover mrsa xeno 450 6 pipettes ivermectin spot on assumere viagra senza averne bisogno zoloft and trembling andiescafenapavalley.com seroquel can you drink alcohol bactrim forte en arabe outlet.cz cialis twice a day acyclovir cream for herpes labialis amitriptyline 50 mg for tinnitus does it work abilify online order azithromycin dose one shot is quetiapine fumarate bad mixed with methadone cialis proscar albuterol 4 month old 1.25 mg depoimentos clomid metformin 500mg bid for pco no1fl.com indicatifs-telephoniques.net dosage of syp. augmentin 312.5 bisenconsulting.com cialis doz asimi hydrobromide 20mg bridgehousemedia.com propecia interruzione e ripresa spironolactone and menstrual period ciprofloxacin treatment for mrsa brtop.net paxil makes me feel drugged voltaren 600 astro van generic for lipitor revopac.com give a female viagra indomethacin injection price azithromycin untuk anak warfarin medical alert bracelet uk clomiphenecitrate and getting bloated is it ok to give a one year old albuterol what is better lotrimin or lamisil cialis and pre cuanto cuesta el xenical en mexico worldtravelandtourservices.com viagra alternative gel can doxycycline hyclate be taken with minocycline hnxxldb.com how much tadalafil is to much plavix side effects palpitations amlodipine drug induced lupus red cialis vigra ile-au-tresor.net grapefruit effect on nifedipine vbtube.com taking wellbutrin and concerta together balding cheap lexapro canada zovirax olhos lexapro and breastfeeding safety what is the half life of levofloxacin cephalexin in urinary tract infection buy arimidex bodybuilding viagra e seus problemas wellbutrin sr 300 mg pre?§o managing cymbalta withdrawal nlpcloud.net took etodolac yeast infection shawniverse.com sweating and lipitor amoxicillin can use by breastfeeding moms with cough flagyl antibiotics dosage voltaren fiole pret vollemaan.org glucophage summary of product characteristics q serve cloridrato ciprofloxacino vizioescort.com colchicine 0.6 mg tab where can i buy cialis ant in singapore hydrochlorothiazide for opioid withdrawal zyprexa 15 mg tab obat flagyl forte 500 metronidazole alhafeer4dev.sy levaquin no prescription fast does lamisil cream work prednisone 10mg for nasal polyps plavix and bleeding under the skin wallflore.co.uk whats viagra for can i overdose on zithromax batterymedix.com valacyclovir treatment for shingles citalopram 2.5 mg allegra d solucion judytaylor.com azithromycin is safe for pregnancy do you have to refrigerate liquid azithromycin metro2034.pl sildenafil 100mg online harga cytotec misoprostol 200 mcg di malaysia liquid amoxicillin teva ingredients drug classification of zithromax hur snabbt verkar zoloft infusedstudios.ca symptoms of celebrex withdrawal atarax10 mg alternate can fluconazole be taken along with amoxyclav stopping gabapentin and starting lyrica wallflore.co.uk baclofen abdominal pain tapering off nexium micardis plus 80 25 side effects sildenafil citrate 20 mg tablets dosis levofloxacin 500 mg generik medicadent.ru disulfiram 500mg tab veziris.com gabapentin adalah pdf nizoral shampoo kuala lumpur flagyl overnight shipping bluedays.com buy evista 60 mg cymbalta liver damage law suit napahappy.com ile-au-tresor.net accutane and male hair loss amoxicillin cvs webtodesigns.co men on clomid fertility flomax capsule size can dogs take doxycycline for a uti order clomid overnight cipro vs bactrim cost tab.ciproheptadine hcl allegra hotel am bahnhof berlin metformin 500 and levothyroxine do people take neurontin to get high neurontin for dogs buy online

St Polycarp

February 23
by Catholic.org | Source: Catholic.net
20130218_7478.jpgSt Polycarp
Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist.

But being part of the second generation of Church leaders had challenges that the first generation could not teach about. What did you do when those eyewitnesses were gone? How do you carry on the correct teachings of Jesus? How do you answer new questions that never came up before? With the apostles gone, heresies sprang up pretending to be true teaching, persecution was strong, and controversies arose over how to celebrate liturgy that Jesus never laid down rules for.
Polycarp, as a holy man and bishop of Smyrna, found there was only one answer - to be true to the life of Jesus and imitate that life. Saint Ignatius of Antioch told Polycarp "your mind is grounded in God as on an immovable rock."
When faced with heresy, he showed the "candid face" that Ignatius admired and that imitated Jesus response to the Pharisees. Marcion, the leader of the Marcionites who followed a dualistic heresy, confronted Polycarp and demanded respect by saying, "Recognize us, Polycarp." Polycarp responded, "I recognize you, yes, I recognize the son of Satan."

On the other hand when faced with Christian disagreements he was all forgiveness and respect. One of the controversies of the time came over the celebration of Easter. The East, where Polycarp was from, celebrated the Passover as the Passion of Christ followed by a Eucharist on the following day. The West celebrated Easter on the Sunday of the week following Passover. When Polycarp went to Rome to discuss the difference with Pope Anicetus, they could not agree on this issue. But they found no difference in their Christian beliefs. And Anicetus asked Polycarp to celebrate the Eucharist in his own papal chapel.
Polycarp faced persecution the way Christ did. His own church admired him for following the "gospel model" - not chasing after martyrdom as some did, but avoiding it until it was Gods will as Jesus did. They considered it "a sign of love to desire not to save oneself alone, but to save also all the Christian brothers and sisters."
One day, during a bloody martyrdom when Christians were attacked by wild animals in the arena, the crowd became so mad that they demanded more blood by crying, "Down with the atheists; let Polycarp be found." (They considered Christians "atheists" because they didnt believe in their pantheon of gods.) Since Polycarp was not only known as a leader but as someone holy "even before his grey hair appeared", this was a horrible demand.
Polycarp was calm but others persuaded him to leave the city and hide at a nearby farm. He spent his time in prayer for people he knew and for the Church. During his prayer he saw a vision of his pillow turned to fire and announced to his friends that the dream meant he would be burned alive.
As the search closed in, he moved to another farm, but the police discovered he was there by torturing two boys. He had a little warning since he was upstairs in the house but he decided to stay, saying, "Gods will be done."
Then he went downstairs, talked to his captors and fed them a meal. All he asked of them was that they give him an hour to pray. He spent two hours praying for everyone he had every known and for the Church, "remembering all who had at any time come his way - small folk and great folk, distinguished and undistinguished, and the whole Catholic Church throughout the world." Many of his captors started to wonder why they were arresting this holy, eighty-six-year-old bishop.

But that didnt stop them from taking him into the arena on the Sabbath. As he entered the arena, the crowd roared like the animals they cheered. Those around Polycarp heard a voice from heaven above the crowd, "Be brave, Polycarp, and act like a man."
The proconsul begged the eighty-six-year-old bishop to give in because of his age. "Say Away with the atheists" the proconsul urged. Polycarp calmly turned to the face the crowd, looked straight at them, and said, "Away with the atheists." The proconsul continued to plead with him. When he asked Polycarp to swear by Caesar to save himself, Polycarp answered, "If you imagine that I will swear by Caesar, you do not know who I am. Let me tell you plainly, I am a Christian." Finally, when all else failed the proconsul reminded Polycarp that he would be thrown to the wild animals unless he changed his mind. Polycarp answered, "Change of mind from better to worse is not a change allowed to us."
Because of Polycarps lack of fear, the proconsul told him he would be burned alive but Polycarp knew that the fire that burned for an hour was better than eternal fire.
When he was tied up to be burned, Polycarp prayed, "Lord God Almighty, Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have received knowledge of you, God of angels and powers, of the whole creation and of the whole race of the righteous who live in your sight, I bless you, for having made me worthy of this day and hour, I bless you, because I may have a part, along with the martyrs, in the chalice of your Christ, to resurrection in eternal life, resurrection both of soul and body in the incorruptibility of the Holy Spirit. May I be received today, as a rich and acceptable sacrifice, among those who are in you presence, as you have prepared and foretold and fulfilled, God who is faithful and true. For this and for all benefits I praise you, I bless you, I glorify you, through the eternal and heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, through whom be to you with him and the Holy Spirit glory, now and for all the ages to come. Amen."
The fire was lit as Polycarp said Amen and then the eyewitnesses who reported said they saw a miracle. The fire burst up in an arch around Polycarp, the flames surrounding him like sails, and instead of being burned he seemed to glow like bread baking, or gold being melted in a furnace. When the captors saw he wasnt being burned, they stabbed him. The blood that flowed put the fire out.
The proconsul wouldnt let the Christians have the body because he was afraid they would worship Polycarp. The witnesses reported this with scorn for the lack of understanding of Christian faith: "They did not know that we can never abandon the innocent Christ who suffered on behalf of sinners for the salvation of those in this world." After the body was burned, they stole the bones in order to celebrate the memory of his martyrdom and prepare others for persecution. The date was about February 23, 156.

In His Footsteps:

When faced with challenges to your Christian life, try a version of Polycarps prayer of martyrdom:

"Lord God Almighty, Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have received knowledge of you, God of angels and powers, of the whole creation and of the whole race of the righteous who live in your sight, I bless you, for having made me worthy of this day and hour, I bless you, because I may have a part, along with the martyrs, in the chalice of your Christ, to resurrection in eternal life, resurrection both of soul and body in the incorruptibility of the Holy Spirit. For this and for all benefits I praise you, I bless you, I glorify you, through the eternal and heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, through whom be to you with him and the Holy Spirit glory, now and for all the ages to come. Amen."

Saint Polycarp, sometimes Christ seems so far away from us. Centuries have passed since he and the apostles walk the earth. Help us to see that he is close to us always and that we can keep him near by imitating his life as you did. Amen

To read more about the Saint go to:

St. Polycarp I

St. Polycarp II

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows Catholic.net to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to Catholic.net right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular