Saint Study Podcast
Podcast # 113
- Hello everyone and
welcome to Saint Study Episode #113 – “St. James The Lesser”
- Thank you for
joining us – maybe we can all learn enough today that by the end of
the program we will say, “I didn’t know that” (But now I do!)
- What is a saint?
A Canonized Saint is someone recognized by the Church as having led a
life of great charity & heroic virtue. Their example of how to conquer
any sin imaginable is so important that it was worth recognizing these
men & women in a significant way. Anyone (canonized or not) whose soul
was cleansed in Purgatory and now resides in Heaven is a Saint. It is
every Christian’s goal to become a saint.
- We always begin our
learning by inviting the Holy Spirit to be with us…
- In the Name Of The
Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Dear Heavenly
Father we ask you to be with us as we hear about the lives of your
Saints. We ask that our minds be open and that you may fill us with
the knowledge that was so loved by the men and women who lived lives
of heroic virtue and great charity. Allow us to understand and emulate
these Saints who we now know are in your company. In your name we
- Let’s look at The
Saint for this weeks study St. James The Lesser
- Saints Birth,
Life-Bio, Death, Feast Day,
- Was the son of James
and Alpheus – Brother of St. Jude Thaddeus
- Raised in a
traditional Jewish home of that era. Jewish law and scripture were
- Was a cousin to
- Most of what we know
about St. James the Lesser happened after Pentecost
- Was first Bishop of
- Worked with St. Paul
on the details of the new church (including Gospels Paul was
- Was a key figure at
the Council of Jerusalem in AD 51. Determined that Jewish law did
not have to be followed in all cases – IE Circumcision & Ceremonial
- James supported the
idea that Jewish law did not have to be followed although he did
continue to observe Jewish traditions as part of his heritage.
- Oral Tradition
passed on tells us that St. James was a vegetarian, did not bath,
shave or drink strong drink.
- It is also likely
that St. James read and wrote Aramaic and Greek
- Jesus appeared to
St. James after the resurrection but before the ascension.
- (1 Corinthians 15:
5-7) “That he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at
once, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen
asleep. After that he appeared to James, then to all the
- According to
Newadvent.org, When reading the epistles of James we see him as a
man with a grave, meek, calm mind, nourished with scripture, given
to prayer, devoted to the poor, resigned in persecution, the type of
a just and apostolic man.
- St. James was
martyred in Jerusalem AD 62
- Was beaten to death
while praying for his attackers.
- Feast Day May 3rd
- Conclusions –
Interesting notes about their life or sainthood
- In this apostle Jesus
has chosen another man who is a strong believer in Jewish tradition.
It appears to me that Jesus uses St. James to show Jews who are
hesitant to accept the new Church that Jesus had started how one can
keep all the old traditions and laws and not violate the teachings of
the New Christian Church. In other words that the Old and New
Testament compliment each other – Not contradict each other.
- Another apostle
martyred. Early Christianity was a deadly business for the early
leaders. I cannot imagine hating what someone says to the point where
a conclusion is reached where that person must die.
- Make no mistake about
it; this kind of martyrdom still happens today.
Prayer to Saint James the Lesser
O Glorious Saint James, you were our Lord's cousin
and at the same time his friend and follower. You wrote that every good
and perfect gift comes to us from the Father of lights, and that faith
without works is useless. You preached the divinity of Jesus until your
death as a martyr. Obtain for us from the Father of lights the great gift
of a living faith in Jesus' divinity which will inspire us to unstinting
labor in the service of God and our fellow human beings and enable us to
reach our heavenly destiny. Amen.
- Preview of next episode
– St. Stephen Episode 114
- This wraps up the
first section on Mary and the Apostles.
- I can’t believe how
much I have learned about the early church and the apostles. With
everything I learn I cherish my faith even more!
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