Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Matthias, Apostle

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Matthias the Apostle; 19th century by F X Zettler, Munich, Germany; parish church of Saint Alban, Gutenzell-Hürbel, Biberach, Germany; photographed in January 2015 by Andreas Praefcke; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsEntry

After the awful suicide of the arch-traitor Judas, the Apostles, wished to fill the place in the Sacred College left vacant by that tragic death. But they did not dare to arrogate to themselves the right of creating an apostle. To God alone belonged this high prerogative, and therefore on the Day of Pentecost they selected from among the disciples the two most eligible to the office, and after prayer drew lots to ascertain the choice of the Most High. The lot fell upon Matthias. He became one of the Apostles of Christ, and is believed to have preached the faith in Cappadocia, and on the coasts of the Caspian Sea, residing chiefly near the port Issus. He was remarkable for his austere life, and must have undergone great hardships among the savage people he evangelized. According to tradition, he received the crown of martyrdom in Colchis.

With Fear we must begin.
  Then next to Knowledge tend,
But only Love of God
  Is Wisdom’s perfect end.
    – from the German of Father Scheffler

Favorite Practice – To often reflect that if we abuse the grace of God as Judas did, His favors may be withdrawn from us and bestowed upon the souls of others.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Matthias, Apostle”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2021. Web. 18 April 2021. <>