Deacon

My wife and I attended the Christmas Day eve morning mass at the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Tagaytay.

Not so long ago, the building beside the church was her old school St. Francis of Assisi Academy – Tagaytay managed by the Capuchin friars but later on handed over to the Diocese of Imus.

The school molded her at a young age like St. Francis of Assisi to become not-so materialistic . They were taught to help the poor by sharing their blessings.

No wonder, my wife has a heart to give to anyone in need.

Deacon

An alumnae’s homage to her alma mater. My wife inspired by the virtues of giving through St. Francis of Assisi.

I would like to share to you a saint whose feast is being celebrated after Christmas.

He is St. Stephen, one of the first deacons of the Catholic church, a man filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith.

Besides his job of overseeing the distribution of the poor, he also preached.

A group of Jewish Hellenists strongly resented Stephen’s preaching of salvation through Jesus. The situation became so tense that they found witnesses to falsely testify that Stephen had committed blasphemy.

Stephen was arrested and brought to the court. The odds were against him and Jesus said, “When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you to say will be given to you in that hour; for it not you who speak, but the Spirit of your father speaking through you (Mathew 10:19–20). Stephen knew he would be helped by the Holy Spirit, and he wasn’t afraid.

When Stephen testified in court, he made two major points. First he believed that God could be found everywhere, not just in a single place like temple or a single person like Abraham. Second he demonstrated how from the beginning, the Israelites had consistently rejected God’s messengers, prophet’s, and chosen servants. And now they rejected and killed God’s Son who had been sent to them.

Those who had been listening to Stephen were blinded by anger so strong that they didn’t even wait for normal court proceedings. They rushed toward him, dragged him out of town, and stoned him. Stephen was the first person killed for Christ. His last words were “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60).

Source: Saints and Feast Days, by Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio

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