Saint Of The Day Of February 19: San Mansueto
A name that we really need lately: San Mansueto. With him we honor this holy Sunday with the truths of the Catholic faith
San Mansueto is not a saint who depopulates, known at a high range
What the Catholic liturgy commemorates today is in particular the son of the Savellis, one of the noble families of those years more or less placing us in the seventh century.
In the Ambrosian liturgy, this is one of the patron saints of the Milanese area and is commemorated on 2 September.
Why then should we be interested in San Mansueto and precisely today?
Those figures of holiness who have been able to defend the truths of the faith with an authoritative pose deserve a certain respect.
Mansueto was archbishop of Milan from 672 to 681.
During his tenure, he promoted the practice of synodality, through meetings and reflections among those called to the Church, in the various established orders.
He was not the bishop of the diktat but he let himself be towed by those few truths which are the foundations of the Catholic faith.
For this reason, Pope Agathon wanted his presence at the Third Council of Constantinople in 680.
The fundamental truth defended by Mansueto: the 2 wills of Christ
Unfortunately, this is a truth that is difficult for the popular vulgar to digest.
We are passionate about seeing a derelict Christ, much more human than divine and we often forget that just as Jesus is true man, he is also true God.
How is then possible the presence of these 2 wills in Christ, human and divine, as defended by Mansueto against the monotheists (thesis of the single will)?
Simple! For the catechism of the Catholic church the human nature of Christ (as it is often commonly said: he is a man like us!) Has been assumed but in all this the human will cooperates with the divine one, without feeling conflict.
God’s will be done happens naturally because there is the One of the Trinity, an obedience that hardly borders on the human one.
But Christ is like us in everything except sin.
May San Mansueto Savelli of whom we do not have so much biographical information really help us to live the truths of our faith so naked and raw in that Christ who became chaste, poor and obedient.
In fact, we usually think that the saints radiate the Holy Spirit and rekindle us with divine love.
Happy Sunday and good start of Lent!
Sister Ines Carlone Missionary Daughters of Mary