— Disciple of St. Paul
This saint was a slave to Philemon who was converted to the faith by St. Paul. Onesimus robbed his master and fled. Providentially he met St. Paul who converted him and sent him back to Philemon with a letter of recommendation. Philemon
pardoned him and sent him back to St. Paul whom he served with great fidelity.
This is he who loved not his life in this world, and is come into an everlasting kingdom. And he is numbered among the saints. — Third Responsory
The Imitation of Christ
Be grateful then for the least, and thou shalt be made worthy to receive greater things.
Through Philemon to whom St. Paul wrote a letter, Onesimus was a disciple of St. Paul. St. Paul naturally attracted all to himself because he made it a purpose of his life “to become all things to all men that he might win them to Christ.”
Live so this day that someone may be forced to think: “If that is what the Church does for a person, I want to be a Catholic.”
I became all things to all men that I might win them for Christ.