by Blessed James Alberione
St. James the Apostle, called the "Greater" because of his status, was the brother of St. John the Evangelist. St. James preached the Gospel in Judea and Samaria, and then went to Spain. Upon his return to Jerusalem, Herod Agrippa I had James beheaded in 43 or 44 (Acts 12:2). He has been especially honored at Compostella, in Spain, since the ninth century.
Let us ask St. James to implant in us the desire for true "greatness," to be genuine followers of Christ!
St. James writes in his letter (3:2-5): "If anyone does not offend in word, he is a perfect man.... The tongue is a little member, but it boasts mightily." May the tongue praise the Lord, preach the Gospel, instruct one's neighbor, spread a healthy happiness. May it be used for good and necessary social relations....
What Strikes Me Most Today
"The tongue is a little member, but it boasts mightily." Isn't that the truth! I can't begin to count the number of times I have said something I later regretted, always surprised at how much trouble a few words can cause. And it's often very subtle - but how many times I have spoken bad about other people or passed on things I heard about others - almost always in an attempt (consciously or not) to make myself look better or feel better about myself in comparison. It always has the opposite effect!
What strikes you most today?
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