Saint Clement of Rome (d.101)
for November 23
Saint Clement of Rome was a convert who was brought into the Christian faith by either Saint Peter or Saint Paul. He was selected to serve as bishop of Rome. Saint Clement penned a letter, known as Clement's First Epistle to the Corinthians, from the Church of Rome to the Church of Corinth. The letter asked those participating in the immoral practice of prostitution to cease their actions and repent for their un-Christian behavior. Clement's First Epistle to the Corinthians was extremely important because it designated the author as the head of the Christian Church, and the center of the Christian Church as Rome. He was allegedly martyred by being tied to an anchor and tossed from a ship into the Black Sea. Saint Clement of Rome is the patron saint of many things, including boatmen, stonecutters, and sick children.
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Does it sometimes seem that people who break the rules have the best lives? Their lives are certainly exciting, yet when we speak with them on a deeper level, we often find a loneliness that is hard to explain. Try to think of someone you know whose life reflects the deep happiness that only goodness can bring. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Dear God, I am so tempted to imitate what I know is evil, just because it looks like fun! Please give me the wisdom to recognize the long-term consequences of my actions. Thank you for the people I know who through their life teach me what is good. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)