However, did you know that today is the feast day of the “Good Thief“, known by tradition as St. Dismas?
I have sometimes wondered about the choice of this day, of all days, for St. Dismas. Could it be that the reflection of the Church’s holy shepherds led them to imagine that Our Lady, standing on Calvary at the foot of the Cross, was not in her charity praying, interceding also for the two men being crucified with her dying Son? Just a thought.
Here is his entry from the Martyrologium Romanum:
2. Commemoratio sancti latronis, qui, in cruce Christum confessus, ab eo meruit audire: “Hodie mecum eris in paradiso”.
Can you imagine, even through that kind of suffering, to hear those words?
“Today you will be with me in paradise.”
Think: Last Rites.
Our Lord gave to us in Holy Church the ordinary means for our salvation.
We have the sacraments and the Church’s teaching on faith and morals.
No matter what sort of sins we have committed, Our Lord is ready for us with unbounded mercy.
Holy Church is the refuge of sinners and it is precisely for the likes of us that He came to live and to die.
He died between two thieves for company, after all.
Let us show gratitude to the Lord for all His good gifts by using the sacraments well, by hearing and accepting the Church’s teachings, and by upright lives full of good works.