|"Christ and the Good Thief" by Titian|
There is very little known about Saint Dismas, other than the fact that he was one of the two thieves crucified with Jesus. Dismas is the one who recognized Jesus as the Savior, and Jesus said to him, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.”
Lent is always a good time to think about the price Jesus paid for our sins. In the 1770s, a poet named William Cowper was so depressed, he wanted to die. But a “still small voice” in his mind kept stopping him. At last, he thought about how God can erase any sin, and he wrote the hymn, “There is a Fountain Filled With Blood,” which mentions Saint Dismas as “the dying thief” who “rejoiced to see” Jesus’ sacrifice for his sins. Take a few moments to listen to this hymn and thank the Lord for saving us from our sins!