Today is the Feast of Bartholomew, or Bartlemas.  Bartholomew is one of my favorite figures from the Bible, not because he spoke any great words, or performed extraordinary deeds;  In fact, he did very little that is mentioned in scripture, outside of answering the call to follow Christ.  I believe that Bartholomew teaches us a profound lesson, that Christ often empowers ordinary people, like you and I, with extraordinary faith.  What we do know about this “quiet man” is that he died a martyr’s death, being skinned alive in Armenia as a result of his faith.  Because of the type of death he died, he is often pictured in icons and artwork with a knife in hand.  In the Sistine Chapel, Bartholomew is depicted holding his skin, and his face is thought to actually be a self-portrait of Michelangelo.  The romantic side of me sees that as Michelangelo expressing his own desire to have the faith of a Bartholomew.

If you are interested in learning more about Bartholomew, or about other August feasts, try exploring one of my favorite sites, Full Homely Divinity.

I would also like to invite my readers to join me in  Morning Prayers of the Daily Office of  Mission St. Clare, another of my favorite resources.  I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the Office today, and in honoring the memory of this great saint.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20,21