April 6 - Saint Celestine I
Pope Celestine I had to struggle greatly against the Pelagianism and Arian heresies, which had quickly spread during his time, the 5th century. Celestine had resigned important positions since his father belonged to the emperor’s family. But he received the call to the priesthood and although he would have preferred to spend his days in prayers and retreat, his reputation for wisdom and holiness kept pushing him toward the papacy. St. Celestine convened the Council of Ephesus, in which, against Nestorius who said that Mary was the mother of Jesus but not of God, the dogma of the divine motherhood was proclaimed. This was where “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” was first prayed.
Do you turn to Mary in moments of doubts or difficulty?