Mar 24th - Macartan
Big names often overshadow the work of the many who support them in their ministry. In this month of St. Patrick, we remember that he was not alone in his ministry. It is said that when St Patrick became worn out by his labors, Macartan would carry him on his broad shoulders across rivers and over rough ground. How often are the greatest saints enabled by the humble that surround them in love. Think of how hard it would have been for Ignatius, Mother Cabrini, Paul, heck let us go all the way and say Jesus himself, if they had not been surrounded by friends and aides who were devoted to the message of Love as lived by these saints. Let us remember and pray for those workers of whom we know so little yet help Christ so much in the everyday little matters of spreading his message and love.
We also remember this day Oscar Romero and his life of devotion and sacrifice against injustice.
Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love. I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanash is the firstfruits of Achaia and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the holy ones— be subordinate to such people and to everyone who works and toils with them. I rejoice in the arrival of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, because they made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. So give recognition to such people. The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca together with the church at their house send you many greetings in the Lord. All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
-- 1 Corinthians 16:13-20
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