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Saint Timothy

Canisius | 24 January, 2006 15:53

So we reach the feast of St. Timothy in Dom Gueranger Time! Whenever I think of Timothy, I think of Philippians 2:19-22:

"I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him, who will be genuinely anxious for your welfare. They all look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But Timothy's worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel."

Paul has NO ONE like Timothy available to him, no one so selfless in his love for others. That is a true witness to sanctity!

Reading the entry for today also got me to thinking about First Timothy 5:23, "No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments." Here we not only see that Timothy suffers from frequent bodily ailments as he oversees the church in Ephesus, but we also get a peek into his private life: he's one of those guys who drinks only water. You know, penitential types. In other words, Timothy actively worked to subdue his flesh, and Paul, as his spiritual director, had to command him to back off a little for the sake of health. Another witness to his sanctity!

None of which is surprising in a guy who was apparently chosen for the office of bishop by prophetic revelation--see First Timothy 1:18 and 4:14.


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