February 16 – Saint Onesimus

Saint Onesimus

Blessed Jesus, in the New Testament Letter to Philemon, it says that his slave Onesimus had run away as a thief, met Saint Paul, and received forgiveness.  I give to You my own desire to run.  When my reputation has been slandered by people who misunderstand me, who are prejudiced against me, and whom I’ve hurt through my sinfulness, help me to stop running away from them and show me how to run to You instead to find justice.  Just as Paul became an advocate for Onesimus, bring to me someone who will help others see me as I really am and open their hearts toward me.  Saint Onesimus, pray for me.  Amen.

Quote for Today

Servant of God Isaac Hecker (1819-1888)

quoteSelf-love, self-activity, self-hood, is something not easily destroyed. It is like a cancer which has its roots extending to the most delicate fibers of our mental and moral nature. Divine grace can draw them all out. But how slowly! And how exquisitely painful is the process! The more subtle the self-love, the more painful the cure.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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