Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 11 June

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Barnabas the Apostle; old cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Bazas, Gironde, France; photographed on 28 March 2013 by GFreihalter; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsSaint Barnabas, Apostle

Barnabas having heard the preaching of Jesus and being well instructed and sincere, recognized Him at once as the Messiah promised in the Holy Scriptures. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet, asking His blessing and was thenceforth numbered among die seventy-two disciples. Saint Barnabas’ real name was Joseph, but the Apostles called him Barnabas, which means “son of consolation,” on account of his happy disposition and the way in which he carried out the teaching of the Master: “Learn of Me for I am meek and lowly of heart.” He long worked for the conversion of Saint Paul, who was his friend, and when this miracle was wrought by divine grace, it was he who presented the new convert to the Apostles. He took such an active part in assisting Saint Paul, set apart for this work by the Holy Ghost, that he himself is honored in the Church as an Apostle. It is said that he came to preach the Gospel in Liguria and founded the Church in Milan. When returning from the East he was martyred in the island of Cyprus, being nearly sixty-one years of age. The Jews tried to burn his body, but the flames had no power over it. When his relics were discovered, there was found on his breast a Gospel according to Saint Matthew, written in his own hand. His remains were afterwards translated to the Church of Saint Sernin at Toulouse, one of the richest in relics in the world.


O Lord, grant that I may be a consolation to those about me, especially to my superiors.


How do you practice kindness in word and acts, especially towards those who are melancholy and disagreeable?