Barbatus was a wise and patient priest who was put in charge of a parish that was lazy and selfish. The people didn’t want to follow God’s commands, and the more Barbatus preached about the right way to live, the more they hated him. Then God told Barbatus about hard times that were coming. When he told the people about this, they got scared and changed their ways. Finally, they appreciated him.
Have you ever been in a situation where everybody around you was doing the wrong thing? It can be really hard to speak up for what is right, especially when you know that you’ll be hated for it. Today, pray that God will give you the same strength he gave to Saint Barbatus to speak the truth, no matter what.