St Timothy And Titus

Posted: January 26, 2012 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

St Paul was so powerful and attractive a personality that he was able to draw such different types of men as Luke, Timothy, and Titus, and to make his collaborators.  Timothy was the inseparable companion of the work and sufferings of the apostle.  He was his confidant at all times.  He had received in the spontaneity of conversion, the tremendous intuitions of the Letter to the Romans, and offered Paul the warmth of his human presence when he descended from “the third heaven” (2 Col 12:2).  Far from his master when the latter was about to render his supreme witness, he received from his master the Second Letter to Timothy, which was St Paul’s spiritual testament.

Paul made both men bishops and entrusted Timothy with the care of the Christians in Ephesus. St. Timothy has been regarded by some as the “angel of the church of Ephesus”, Rev 2:1-1.  St. Paul sent Titus to Crete to look after the Christians there. He wrote them “pastoral” epistles, giving advice for pastors and people alike.

Titus was the negotiator, the one St. Paul sent to clear up misunderstandings, reconcile differences, and the one who would organize a new Church. He received a letter from St. Paul which encouraged Christians to live temperate, just, and devout lives, while awaiting the coming of Christ.

St. Timothy was stoned to death thirty years after St. Paul’s martyrdom for having denounced the worship of the goddess Diana. Tradition tells us that St. Titus died a natural death at the age of 94, having lived in the state of virginity during his whole life.

Patronage: St. Timothy is the patron saint of intestinal disorders and stomach diseases. St. Titus is the patron of Crete.

Quote: “But when the kindness and generous love of God our Savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. This saying is trustworthy” ~ Titus 3:4-8

Collect: O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus with apostolic virtues, grant through the intercession of them both, that living justly and devoutly in this present age, we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland. 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.

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