He’s popularly remembered for curb stomping the devil, who appeared in the form of raven, while Expeditus was contemplating conversion.
Cawing after the Roman soldier to wait until “cras! cras!” (tomorrow) before converting to Christianity, St. Expeditus abruptly shouted “hodie!” (today) in response.
After offing the little bugger, Expeditus sought out baptism.
Although no longer on the modern Roman Catholic calendar of saints, he’s honored widely in Europe and parts of South America on his former feast day — April 19.
The patron saint against procrastination and delays, he is invoked for urgent causes. His message calls us to live our Christianity “today!”, in the here and now, and not to wait until some future time when things are easier.
"Lastly, let us remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore, and in a greater light, that multitude which no man can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom in the Lord Jesus we are one forevermore."
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If you pray to God about a particular struggle in order for Him to remove it from you, do not lose heart, for He knows better than you what is of benefit to you. If you pray to God generally in the time of spiritual warfare, do not say ‘Take this from me,’ or ‘Give me this,’ but pray as follows, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, help me and do not allow me to sin before You, for I am deceived. Do not let me follow my own will. Do not let me become lost in my sins. Have compassion on Your creature. Do not overlook me, for I am weak. Do not abandon me for I have sought refuge with You. Heal my soul, for I have sinned against you. All those who trouble me are before You, and I have no other refuge but You Lord. Save me, Lord, on account of Your mercy. Let all those who have risen against me be put to shame, for they seek to destroy my soul. For You, Lord, are mighty in all things, and through You is glory given to God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ Then your conscience will speak in secret with your heart as to the reason God is not listening to you.
- Abba Isaiah of Scetis
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