Saint for the Day - June 11 - St. Barnabas
We read that in the
first days of the Church, "the multitude of
believers had but one heart and one soul; neither
did any one say that aught of the things which he
possessed was his own." Of this fervent company, one
only is singled out by name, Joseph, a rich Levite,
from Cyprus. "He having land sold it, and brought
the price and laid it at the feet of the apostles."
They now gave him a new name, Barnabas, the son of
consolation. He was a good man, full of the Holy
Ghost and of faith, and was soon chosen for an
important mission to the rapidly-growing Church of
Antioch. Here he perceived the great work which was
to be done among the Greeks, so he hastened to fetch
St. Paul from his retirement at Tarsus.
It was at Antioch that the two Saints were called to
the apostolate of the Gentiles, and hence they set
out together to Cyprus and the cities of Asia Minor.
Their preaching struck men with amazement, and some
cried out, "The gods are come down to us in the
likeness of men," calling Paul Mercury, and Barnabas
Jupiter. The Saints travelled together to the
Council of Jerusalem, but shortly after this they
When Agabus prophesied a great famine, Barnabas, no
longer rich, was chosen by the faithful at Antioch
as most fit to bear, with St. Paul, their generous
offerings to the Church of Jerusalem. The gentle
Barnabas, keeping with him John, surnamed Mark, whom
St. Paul distrusted, betook himself to Cyprus, where
the sacred history leaves him; and here, at a later
period, he won his martyr's crown.
Saint for the Day - St. Barnabas
Read about the Saint for today - June 11 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. Barnabas's life is full of
suggestions to us who live in
days when once more the abundant
alms of the faithful are sorely
needed by the whole Church, from
the Sovereign Pontiff to the
poor children in our streets.
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