St. Barbatus — Bishop February 19

St. Barbatus was one of the most eloquent preachers of his day. Despite slanders and persecutions of various kinds, he continued to preach the word of God. His untiring efforts were crowned with success.

Who, thinkest thou, is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath appointed over his family, to give them meat in season? Blessed is that servant whom when his lord shall come he shall find so doing. Amen, I say to you, he shall place him over all his goods. — Gospel, Matthew 24

The Imitation of Christ
But they that follow Thee, by the contempt of worldly things and the mortification of the flesh, are found to be wise indeed; for they are translated from vanity to truth, from the flesh to the spirit.
Are you easily dissuaded from doing your duty by the critical comment of others? This saint pursued his teaching in spite of anything that was said or done to hinder him.
If you have not already done so, read either or both, Heart of a Man and Shepherd of the North by Richared A. Maher, for thrilling stories of men who did their duty because it was right.
Love God; then, do as you please. (Ask your teacher to explain this slogan to you.)