Saints of the Day ~ January 26

SAINT TIMOTHY (c.17-c.97), bishop and martyr – Patron saint of those suffering from intestinal disorders and stomach diseases
SAINT TITUS (c.2-c.96), bishop – Patron saint of Crete

Today, the universal Church honors Saints Timothy and Titus, disciples of Saint Paul who carried on his work long after Paul’s death, and about whom we are privileged to read in Paul’s Letters addressed to both men, which we find in Sacred Scripture.

Saint Timothy, born in Galatia in Asia Minor, was baptized into the faith around the year 47 and later ordained to the priesthood by Saint Paul. The young Galatian became Paul’s missionary companion and his most beloved spiritual son.

Saint Paul showed his trust in this disciple by consecrating him bishop of the great city of Ephesus. Paul’s finest monument left to Timothy were the two pastoral Letters bearing his name which we find in the New Testament.

Some thirty years after Saint Paul’s martyrdom, Timothy, himself, being some eighty years of age and unmarried, wore the martyr’s crown by being stoned to death for having denounced the idolatrous worship of the goddess Diana.

Saint Titus, a convert from paganism, was a fellow laborer of Saint Paul on many of his Apostolic missions. Saint Paul later made him the first bishop of the Church in Crete, a difficult task because of the character of the inhabitants and the spread of erroneous doctrines on that island.

Saint Paul’s writings tell us that Titus rejoiced to discover what was good in others and attracted the hearts of men and women through his affectionate personality, and Paul left a worthy monument to Titus, his faithful disciple, in the beautiful pastoral Letter bearing his name which also forms part of the New Testament.

Tradition tells us that Titus died a natural death at the age of 94 in Goryna, Crete, having lived a long and celibate life, all the while giving himself completely to the needs of the early Church.

For more on the lives of these two saints and how their discipleship affects our own walks of faith, please see today’s “Meditation for the Day”.

We commemorate the joint feastday of Saints Timothy and Titus on January 26.

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(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for Saints Timothy and Titus)

“God our Father, You gave your saints Timothy and Titus the courage and wisdom of the Apostles; may their prayers help us to live holy lives and lead us to Heaven, our true home.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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