Philemon 10

I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment.

Onesimus was a slave who ran away from his master, Philemon.  Philemon was one of Paul’s disciples.  So Onesimus, perhaps in a bid for sanctuary of some sort, ran to Paul.  He lost a master and gained a father.  His father eventually sent him back to his master, not as a slave, but as a brother.  Tradition tells us Onesimus became the bishop of Colossae and was martyred for the Faith.  Love is strong.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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