A Wonderful, Kind, Warm-Hearted Individual was kind enough to provide me with my Saint for the Year.
I wanted to do this activity with the Youth from my Parish, but due to time, did not, or have not.
Vlad, perhaps I’ll send this your way! YOU DO IT!!
I found this wonderful article by Allison last year (sounds so bizarre still! Perhaps after a few weeks into the year it won’t sound so weird!) and again, due to lack of that thing called time, I did not do it.
However, Allison was kind enough to pick my Saint for me.
And the Saint that chose me is:
St. Dismas or St. Dysmas or San Dimas en Español.
Throughout I will be sharing with you tidbits that I find on him.
So far, I know he is known as “The Good Thief” (that just made me laugh).
I have found various things on San Dimas, both from Sacred Scripture and ancient Tradition.
His name, for example, comes from Tradition.
From Sacred Scripture, Saint Luke’s Gospel 23: 32-43, to be precise, we have:
Now they were also leading out two others, criminals, to be executed with him.
When they reached the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the two criminals, one on his right, the other on his left.
Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.’
Then they cast lots to share out his clothing.
The people stayed there watching.
As for the leaders, they jeered at him with the words, ‘He saved others, let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.’
The soldiers mocked him too, coming up to him, offering him vinegar, and saying, ‘If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.’
Above him there was an inscription: ‘This is the King of the Jews’.
One of the criminals hanging there abused him: ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us as well.’
But the other spoke up and rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God at all?’ he said.
‘You got the same sentence as he did, but in our case we deserved it: we are paying for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.’
Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’
He answered him, ‘In truth I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’
There is also an Amazing Story, though considered a myth, about San Dimas, the Other Thief, Gestas, and the Holy Family.
There is a story, which is not substantiated and considered myth, which comes from the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy. The story is that the two thieves who ended up on each side of Christ at His crucifixion actually had a run-in with the Holy Family when Jesus was just an infant. In this story, the thieves held up Mary and Joseph as they were fleeing to Egypt with the infant Jesus to escape Herod’s soldiers. Apparently Dismas bribed the other thief, named Gestas, with forty drachmas to not harm the Holy Family. At this point in the tale, the Infant Jesus predicted that the thieves would be crucified with Him in Jerusalem and that Dismas would accompany Him to Paradise.
I will share more with you in the days ahead.
God Love You All and again, Thank you, Allison!