St Barnabas, the encourager

Today is the feast of St Barnabas, a very early Christian whose name was actually Joseph. The apostles began calling him Barnabas, a name which means “giver of encouragement.” Because he was noted for lifting people up when they were blue.

In our diocese for twenty years, we had a lady named Pat Tierney who was in charge of our teachers. The people were saddened when the time came for her to retire. When I asked one teacher after another what they would miss about her, each of them said she was so encouraging, a word that means she puts heart in people. 

To be a good teacher one needs to know more than teaching. One needs the heart to stay with difficult tasks.

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