The Importance of Good Example: SS Philip and James (Apostles)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

St Paul said in Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5: 1-2)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works… (James 2:14-26)

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity… (Titus 2:7)

To Give Goid Example First We Need To Be Humble – [St John Vianney, the Curé d’Ars]

 “Humility is as necessary as Baptism; as necessary as the Sacrament of Penance after mortal sin.  It gives such great merit to all our actions, and adorns so abundantly all our good works.  Before making you understand how much we need this beautiful virtue, I must tell you what this amiable virtue is. St Anthony practiced humility in such an extraordinary manner; he renounced wealth, friends, parents, and relations to spend his life in the desert with wild beasts making atonement for his sins.  This great saint tells us that humility is to know ourselves, not to think too much of ourselves, and—finally—not to take pleasure when we are praised. St Augustine tells us: “If you were profoundly humble, and acknowledged that you are nothing, and deserve nothing, God would grant you abundant graces.  But when you exalt yourselves, and think so much of yourselves, he withdraws himself from you, and abandons you to your misery”.”

Do Good While We Still Have Time – [St Padre Pio]

Let us do good while we still have time, and we will render glory to our heavenly Father, sanctify ourselves, and give good example to others.


From the Saint Andrew Daily Missal

SS Philip and James, Apostles
(1st May but often transferred to various other dates)

The feasts of the apostles celebrated in the course of the year used to be feasts of obligation. That of St. Philip and St. James at this date recalls the translation of their relics at Rome where the church of the Holy Apostles, consecrated on May 1st (the date of St. Philip’s feast), was dedicated to them and received their relics. There is held the Station on all Fridays in Ember Week and on Easter Thursday.

St. Philip, like Peter and Andrew, was of Bethsaida in Galilee. He died at Hierapolis in Phrygia, on the cross, like them. It is he whom Jesus addresses at the multiplication of the loaves and it is through him as intermediary that the Gentiles seek to address the Saviour. To him also we owe what the Master said in His discourse at the Last Supper: “Philip, who seeth Me, seeth My Father” (Gospel). To go to Christ is to go to God, for the works of the Messias have proved His divinity (Ibid.). It is in virtue of His divine nature that He rose again, and the two apostles whose feast coincides with the Easter feasts, by their martyrdom (Introit, Epistle) confirm the truth of which they have been witness.

St. James, called the Minor, was of Cana in Galilee. A cousin of our Lord, he had for brother the Apostle Jude, and was made, by Peter, bishop of Jerusalem. It is of him that St. Paul speaks when he says: “I did not see any apostle except James the brother of the Lord.” Called upon by the High Priest to deny Jesus, he was thrown down from the terrace of the Temple and his head was broken by the blow of a club.

Their names are inscribed in the Canon of the Mass (first list). Following the example of the holy apostles Philip and James (Collect) let us confess by a generous life the divinity of the risen Christ.

Clamaverunt ad te, Domine, in tempore afflictionis suae, et tu de caelo exaudisti eos, alleluia, alleluia. * Exsultate, justi, in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio.
In the time of their tribulation they cried to Thee, O Lord, and Thou heardest them from heaven, alleluia, alleluia. * Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright.
(2 Esdras 9:27 Psalm 32:1 from the Introit of Mass)

Deus, qui nos annua Apostolorum tuorum Philippi et Jacobi solemnitate laetificas: praesta, quaesumus; ut, quorum gaudemus meritis, instruamur exemplis.
O God, who makest us glad by the yearly festival of Thine apostles Philip and James; grant, we beseech Thee, that we who rejoice in their merits, may be taught by their example.

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1 Response to The Importance of Good Example: SS Philip and James (Apostles)

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:

    This is all so true and as I see it humility is mandatory for any human being to be worthy of God’s grace; after all He lowed himself from the position and authority of God the Creator of all things seen or unseen; down to here in this fallen world of corruption with its overwhelming sin to save us, though His only Son our Lord Savior and Redeemer Jesus The Christ! In so doing He became one of us to suffer for all of our dirty filthy sins and evils that many people partake of, taking our punishment! If he was willing to do that showing the world such vast infinite love that He offers to us; I think we should be willing to crawl on our faces if required to prove our genuine heartfelt humility!
    Accept and receive His most precious gift of Himself the Redemption and New Everlasting Covenant; that He gave Himself his way as the mandatory sacrifice in order to allow us through the Gate to Heaven and be in God’s holy presence!

    This reminded me of a book a fellow worker who had studied to be a priest that he gave to me a short time before I had a catastrophic injury and subsequent long road to recovery; from which I will share a few excerpts here with you. It helped me and I’m sure it will help you too!

    The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book by Thomas à Kempis, first composed in Latin ca. 1418–1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member.

    The Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi), first published in 1418 by the German-Dutch monk and scribe, Thomas Hemerken of Kempen, better known as Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 25 July 1471).

    “If God were our one and only desire we would not be so easily upset when our opinions do not find outside acceptance.” ― Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

    “But he who would fully and feelingly understand the words of Christ must study to make his whole life conformable to that of Christ. What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the Trinity if thou be void of humility, and consequently, displeasing to the Trinity? In truth sublime words not make a man holy and just: but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God.” “Vanity of vanities and all is vanity.” Eccles 1. 2. “Except to love God and serve Him alone. This is the highest wisdom, by despising the world to tend to heavenly kingdoms.”

    Often remember that proverb: “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.” Eccles 1. 8.

    “Study, therefore, to withdraw thy heart from the love of visible things and to turn thyself to things invisible.” My Imitation of Christ.

    God bless you.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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