ST DISMAS, PATRON SAINT OF PRISONERS AND THIEVES – FEAST DAY: MARCH 25th
Jesus was crucified between two thieves. One of them, whose name is Dismas, repented while Jesus was in Agony on the Cross and said, “We deserve our punishment, but Jesus has done no wrong”; then he said to Jesus: “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom”, and Jesus replied: “This day, you shall be with me in Paradise”. The first Saint to be canonized while still alive! This is the traditional story as recorded by the Evangelists. We often heard, “There is honour among thieves”.
Lord, have mercy on all prisoners around the world who are incarcerated for their crimes against humanity, especially those who are to face execution for their crimes. We beseech thee, grant them the grace of repentance.
O Lord, help us too to always observe the seventh commandment, and grant us to keep thy holy example always before our eyes, that we may despise the nothingness of this world and make thee the object of all our desires and affections. Amen.