Saints of the Canon – Saint Bartholomew

the statue 'Saint Bartholomew Flayed', by Marco d'Agrate, 1562; Milan Cathedral, Milan, Italy; photographed on 8 July 2014 by hjl; swiped from his flickr account and croppedSaint Bartholomew is probably the Nathaniel mentioned in the Gospel, who was led to the Lord by Philip:

“Philip finds Nathaniel, and says to him: ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus, the Son of Joseph of Nazareth.’

And Nathaniel said to him: ‘Can anything of good come from Nazareth?’ Philip says to him: ‘Come and see.’

Jesus saw Nathaniel coming to him, and he said of him: ‘Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile.’

Nathaniel said to him: ‘Whence know you me?’ and Jesus answered and said to him: ‘Before that Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.’

Nathaniel answered him, and said: ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.'” (John 1:45-49).

A direct, blunt personality, with no folds or pretences. He asks his questions frankly and then satisfied, he accepts.

Tradition tells us that he evangelized parts of the Indies, afterwards going to Armenia, where he was martyred, being first thrown into a fire and then crucified, like Saint Peter, with his head downwards.

– from The Saints of the Canon, by Monsignor John T. McMahon, M.A., Ph.D; Australian Catholic Truth Society, 1958