Saint for the Day - January 4 - St. Titus, Bishop
Titus was a convert from heathenism, a disciple of
St. Paul, one of the chosen companions of the
Apostles in his journey to the Council of Jerusalem,
and his fellow-laborers in many apostolic missions.
From the Second Epistle which St. Paul sent by the
hand of Titus to the Corinthians we gain an insight
into his character and understand the, strong
affection which his master bore him. Titus had been
commissioned to carry out a twofold office needing
much firmness, discretion, and charity. He was to be
the bearer of a severe rebuke to the Corinthians,
who were giving scandal and were wavering in their
faith; and at the same time he was to put their
charity to a further test by calling upon them for
abundant alms for the church at Jerusalem. St. Paul
meanwhile was anxiously awaiting the result. At
Troas he writes, "I had no rest in my spirit,
because I found not Titus, my brother." He set sail
to Macedonia. Here at last Titus brought the good
news. His success had been complete. He reported the
sorrow, the zeal, the generosity of the Catholics,
till the Apostle could not contain his joy, and sent
back to them his faithful messenger with the letter
of comfort from which we have quoted. Titus was
finally left as a bishop in Crete, and here he, in
turn, received the epistle which bears his name, and
here at last he died in peace.
The mission of Titus to Corinth shows us how well
the disciple caught the spirit of his master. He
knew how to be firm and to inspire respect. The
Corinthians, we are told, "received him with fear
and trembling." He was patient and painstaking. St.
Paul "gave thanks to God, Who had put such
carefulness for them in the heart of Titus." And
these gifts were enhanced by a quickness to detect
and call out all that was good in others, and by a
joyousness which overflowed upon the spirit of St.
Paul himself, who "abundantly rejoiced in the joy of
Saint for the Day -
St. Titus, Bishop
Read about the Saint for today - January 4 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Saints win their empire over the
hearts of men by their wide and
affectionate sympathy. This was
the characteristic gift of St.
Titus, as it was of St. Paul,
St-Francis Xavier, and many
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