Ordinary Time: July 25th
St. Christopher is also known as Offero. He was a third century
martyr in the persecutions of Decius. Little else is known for sure.
His fame derives from the pious legend of him being a
“Christ-bearer” (= Christopher). He was a powerfully built man, who
wandered the world in search of novelty and adventure. He came upon
a hermit, who lived beside a dangerous stream and served others by
guiding them to safe places to cross. He gave Offero instruction in
the truth of God. Offero took the hermit‘s place, but instead of
guiding travellers, he carried them safely across the stream.
One day he carried a small child across the stream; the child‘s
weight nearly crushed him. When they arrived on the other side, the
child revealed himself as Christ, and he was so heavy because he
bore the weight of the world on himself. He then baptised Offero
with water from the stream. Christopher’s service at the stream led
to his patronage of things related to travel and travellers, people
who carry things, etc. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.