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It is known that Arianism was very widespread in Christian antiquity. The emperor Theodosius himself favored the Arians. The bishop Amphilochius went to see him one day to make him understand that the Father was being dishonored by denying the divine honors to the Son. He asked to be received by the emperor in the presence of the crown prince. On entering, he made a deep bow to the emperor, giving only a simple hello to the prince; the emperor became angry and ordered him to give his son the honors due to him. This is what the bishop was getting at. “Great emperor,” he said, “you ask that your son be honored; God the Father also wants His Son to be given the divine honors due Him, He wants Him to be honored as Himself.” Then he paid the prince the prescribed honors. This remark made an impression on Theodosius, and he professed the Catholic faith until his death (383).
Huneric, king of the Vandals (477-484) was a fanatical Arian and persecuted all those who believed in the divinity of Jesus Christ. At Typasa in Mauritania, he ordered that the tongues of 300 Catholics who had confessed the divinity of the Savior be cut out. But, oh wonder! All 300 kept the use of speech and sang hymns in honor of Jesus Christ. They enjoyed this privilege until their death, with the exception of two, who later fell into vice. The authenticity of these facts is guaranteed by several contemporary testimonies: 1. The African bishop Victor of Utica, who described these persecutions, tells us that several confessors, from whom Huneric had had their tongues torn out, lived at the court of the emperor Zeno in Constantinople, and that everyone could ascertain that they spoke without tongues. One of them would be the deacon Restitutus, revered by the empress Adrienne. 2. Another contemporary, the pagan writer Aeneas of Gaza, says that he himself saw these unfortunates and heard them speak. “They told me their story. I made them open their mouths and saw that their tongues had been torn out. I could not understand how these men spoke.” 3. The emperor Justinian (527-565) says that in his youth he conversed with old men without tongues and had a special remark inserted for them in his code. (Cod. lib. I. tit. xxvii.) 4. The historian Procopius, who lived under Justinian, likewise relates that in his time several confessors were still alive who spoke without tongues. 5. St. Gregory the Great, pope, also relates this miracle.
The tyrant wanted, by tearing out the tongue of these martyrs, to prevent them from confessing the divinity of Jesus Christ. This miracle proves that Our Lord is God and Arius a heretic.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.