Thought for the Day – 12 February
Today, Saint Julian is considered the patron saint of hospitality, hotel workers, ferrymen, travelers, circus performers, hunters and murderers. His life story, while considered legend, is important for its focus on his faith in the Lord, as well as his dedication to charity. Through his service, he brought the poor, the sick and the marginalised to God, through the mirroring of Christ’s love on earth. The legend provides further hope to sinners, like ourselves—if the Lord can forgive a murderer, He surely can forgive us our sins.
The lives of the saints should inspire us. How have we sought to repent for our wrongdoings? How might we turn our sin into service? Our Lady of Lourdes implores us to pray for sinners—penance, penance, penance! Our Lord, through the holy words of His Son, directs us to love and serve others. Where in our lives could we be more hospitable?
St Julian the Hospitaller, Pray for us!