|Spotlight On The Saints|
Virtually all we know about this saint is found in the New Testament. He is known as the good thief, one of two thieves crucified along with Christ found in the Gospel of Luke 23: 39-43.
He rebuked the unrepentant thief saying they deserved the punishment handed to them but that Christ was an innnocent man. In the apochryphal work Acta Pilati, more commonly known as the Gospel of Nicodemus, published in the 16th century, the “Good Thief ” is identified as Dismas and the unrepentant thief is named Gestas. All of us have hope in St. Dismas who asked Jesus to remember him when He entered His kingdom, for we know that Christ assured him that he would be with him in paradise that very day. His patronage is invoked for those condemned to death. His feast day is March 25th.
prayer: Father, grant we beseech Thee, by the intercession and example of St. Dismas, that the hardest of hearts may come to final repentance. Amen
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