St. Barnabas was a Hebrew born in Cyprus. His name was Joseph. At an early age he was converted to Christianity. At that time Joseph received the name Barnabas which means "son of consolation" because of his kind and optimistic nature. Barnabas sold his land and brought the price to the apostles. He accompanied St. Paul to the cities of Asia Minor. Tradition says that he was martyred in Cyprus during the persecution of the 60's.
Let us be cheerful and optimistic too. What a wonderful way to draw people to Christ!
What Strikes Me Most Today
Being cheerful and optimistic. I've said it before, but that really is what first attracted my family to the Daughters of St. Paul in St. Louis. They were and are the most genuinely happy people I know. They spread the Gospel by living the Gospel. What a great gift they are to us all, and seeing the joy in their lives makes us want to become closer to Jesus Master, cause of our joy!
What strikes you most today?
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