St. Paul was so influential and attractive a personality that he was able to draw such different types of men as Timothy and Titus and to make them his collaborators. Timothy and Titus were converted to Christianity by St Paul, and became his companions and helpers. They were were two of the most beloved and trusted disciples of St. Paul, whom they accompanied in many of his journeys.
Paul made both men bishops and entrusted Timothy with the care of the Christians in Ephesus, and sent Titus to Crete to look after the Christians there. He wrote them “pastoral” epistles, giving advice for pastors and people alike.Timothy was St. Paul's confidant.
St. Timothy has been regarded by some as the "angel of the church of Ephesus", Rev 2:1-17. Titus was the negotiator, the one St. Paul sent to clear up misunderstandings, reconcile differences, and the one who would organize a new Church. He received a letter from St. Paul which encouraged Christians to live temperate, just, and devout lives, while awaiting the coming of Christ.
St. Timothy was stoned to death thirty years after St. Paul's martyrdom for having denounced the worship of the goddess Diana.Tradition tells us that St. Titus died a natural death at the age of 94, having lived in the state of virginity during his whole life
January 26 (partnership)
God Our Father, Saints Timothy and Titus were Paul's disciples, as well as his close personal friends and partners in evangelization. I offer up to You my calling to share the salvation of Jesus. Help me to grow in courage to evangelize boldly and confidently. Bring into my life friends who will partner with me in spreading the Good News, and bless for this purpose the friends I already have. Help us to be Christ's witnesses by the way we love and serve each other. Teach us to show by our own lives the way to holiness. Bless us and the people who will hear and see our testimony. Saints Timothy and Titus, pray for us. Amen.
~ Taken from Daily Prayers with the Saints for the New Millenium by Terry Ann Modica
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