OCTOBER 22, 2017 - “THEY DEDICATED THEIR SKILLS & LIVES TO CHRIST”
The history and study of saints is called Hagiology. This involves the careful scrutiny of ancient writings, official documents and registers, and any authentic materials that relate to the holy men and women honored by the Church.
In the case of SAINTS COSMAS AND DAMIAN, they are considered “healing saints.” These two brothers were brought up by a pagan father and Christian mothers. When their father died, Cosmas and Damian openly embraced the faith practiced devoutly by their mother. They were skilled in medicine and became accomplished physicians. Their dedication to healing was so strong that they steadfastly refused payment for any of their medical services.
It is said that Cosmas once became enraged with his brother when he discovered he had accepted three eggs from a woman as “payment” for healing her! It was only after the woman explained that she had sworn by the Most Holy Trinity that Damian should have this “gift” that his brother forgave him. Like the Apostles of old, Cosmas and Damian always attributed the success of their labors to the Lord. For their efforts, God blessed them with long lives and peaceful deaths.
Cosmas and Damian are still venerated today by our Church. They labored as physicians, healing rich and poor, all in the name of Christ. The brothers were steadfast in their faith. These are several things that have endeared them to believers throughout the centuries.