ST. ANASTASIUS, POPE, C.
HE was by birth a Roman, and had, by many combats
and labors, acquired a high reputation for his virtues and abilities.
He succeeded Siricius in the papacy, in 398. St. Jerom calls him1 a
man of a holy life, of a most rich poverty, and endued with an
apostolic solicitude and zeal. He exerted himself in stopping the
progress of Origenism. When Rufinus had translated the dangerous
books of Origen, On the Principles, he condemned hat translation as
tending to weaken our faith, built on the tradition of the apostles
and our fathers, as he says in his letter on this subject, to John
bishop of Jerusalem.2 As to Rufinus, he leaves to God his intention
in translating this work.* In this epistle he calls all people and
nations scattered over the earth, the parts of his body.† He
sat three years and ten days, dying on the 14th of December, 401. St.
Jerom says,3 that God took him out of this world lest Rome should be
plundered under such a head: for in 410, it fell into the hands of
Alaric the Goth. The remains of this holy pope have been often
translated: the greatest part now rest in the church of St. Praxedes.
The Roman Martyrology commemorates his name on this day, which is
probably that of one of these translations. See Ceillier, t. 8, p.