St. Timothy and St. Titus.
January 26, Saints

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Roman martyrology: Memory of the Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops and disciples of the Apostle Paul, who helped him in his ministry and chaired the Churches of Ephesus and Crete respectively. They were guided by their teacher letters, which contained wise warnings for pastors. (s. I).

Etymology: Timothy = English form of the Greek name Τιμοθεος (Timotheos) meaning "Honoring God" or the one who feels love or worship of God.
Etymology: Titus = Related to Latin titulus meaning “Title of honor” or the one who is protected and honored.


Timothy was a native of Lystra, son of a Jewish woman named Eunice and a Greek Gentile. Converted to the faith by St. Paul, who found in Timothy a very valuable assistant and companion, using him on several missions, such as those to the Corinthians and the Thessalonians.

Timothy was the great apostle's beloved disciple, like a son to him. He went everywhere with Paul until he became the first bishop of Ephesus, journey he took as a command of Paul to act as his representative, then Timothy stayed there to shepherd his people. As St. Paul, Timothy, too, died a martyr on January 22, 97.

While Titus, his other disciple was born a gentle Greek, apparently from Antioch. Paul took Titus with him to Jerusalem for the so-called Apostolic Council, where the preaching of the Gospel to the Gentiles that freed them from the constraints of Mosaic Law was solemnly accepted.
Titus is seen as a peacemaker, generous, hard-working administrator and a great friend, so Paul freely sent him on many "missions" to the Christian communities to iron out difficulties, even after Timothy's departure from Corinth, Paul sent Titus there with the task of bringing that unmanageable community to obedience.
Further information from the Pastoral Letters describe that St. Paul made Titus bishop of the island of Crete, where he stayed until his death.


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