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They Had Names

"Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.... One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"  But the other criminal rebuked him. "Don't you fear God," he said, "since you are under the same sentence?  We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong."  Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.  Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." - Luke 23: 32, 39-43

They had names.  Gestas and Dismas.  Gestas insulted.  Dismas repented, seeking the kingdom.  Both died with Christ.  

Today's Washington Post Religion page has an intriguing piece on Saint Dismas, the patron saint of repentant criminals.  If you missed it, find it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/28/AR2008032802802.html.