Proclaim the message, insist on it in season and out of season,
refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience,
but do all with patience and sound doctrine.
A day after commemorating the conversion of Saint Paul, we celebrate the feast of two of his closest companions, Saints Timothy and Titus. Both were young converts attracted to the faith by Paul’s teaching. They accompanied the Apostle on various missionary journeys, and Paul left each in charge of new and growing Christian communities. Both Timothy and Titus received letters from Paul, three of which have been collected with other Pauline epistles and included in the New Testament (1 and 2 Timothy, Titus).
From Catholic Culture:
St. Timothy, born in Galatia in Asia Minor, was baptized and later ordained to the priesthood by St. Paul. The young Galatian became Paul’s missionary companion and his most beloved spiritual son. St. Paul showed his trust in this disciple by consecrating him bishop of the great city of Ephesus. St. Timothy was stoned to death thirty years after St. Paul’s martyrdom for having denounced the worship of the goddess Diana.
St. Titus, a convert from paganism, was a fellow laborer of St. Paul on many apostolic missions. St. Paul later made him bishop of Crete, a difficult charge because of the character of the inhabitants and the spread of erroneous doctrines on that island. St. Paul’s writings tell us that St. Titus rejoiced to discover what was good in others and drew the hearts of men by his wide and affectionate sympathy.
Click here for the general audience address Pope Benedict gave on Sts. Timothy and Titus in December, 2006.
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 and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.