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Saint Hilary of Arles (d. 449)

Saint Hilary of Arles (d. 449)

Feast day: May 5

Saint Hilary of Arles was born into an aristocratic family. He had a tough decision to make: strive for a secular career or enter into religious life. With the persuasion and guidance of a family member, Saint Honoratus, Hilary chose religious life. He first became a monk but eventually succeeded Honoratus as bishop of Arles.

Hilary dove head-first into his duties as bishop. He worked to make money for the poor, sold Church artifacts to free captives, and became a renowned preacher. He always traveled on foot and adorned himself in simple clothing. Saint Hilary of Arles faced severe opposition from some bishops who questioned his methods, but nobody questioned his faith or holiness.

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