Who Am I?
- My name ought to be more common than it is among Christians.
- I am mentioned many times in the Bible (four times in the New Testament), once by Our Lord Himself.
- I was a shepherd.
- I am a saint and a martyr, canonized, so to speak, in holy scripture, and I have a feast day on the calendar.
- I am invoked in the Holy Mass in the Traditional Rite, but not in the Novus Ordo — unless the Roman Canon (“First Eucharistic Prayer”) be used.
- I have a great privilege that makes me the first in a line of thousands of thousands.
- There was a city of the Ammonites bearing my name where the Israelites under the period of Judges had a great victory.
- Although my name has several meanings in Hebrew, no doubt my parents chose it because it means “breath,” as in the “breath of God” which gives life.