September 26th is the memorial day of Saints Cosmas and Damian, twin Christian martyrs who died near the end of the third century. The brothers were doctors and gave their services away for free. According to the ancient sources, these selfless acts of charity attracted many pagan Romans to the Christian faith.
Although theology is important and very worthy of study, for most people, the Christian faith is most attractive when they see that it can meet their needs (whether emotional, physical, etc.). In the case of Cosmas and Damian, their charity towards other people showed the unconverted that Christianity was a better alternative to the uncaring philosophy of the pagans.
As we go about our daily lives, it’s always good to keep the examples of Cosmas and Damian in mind. We have no idea how our acts of love and charity, no matter how large or small, could be impacting those people we meet who may either be indifferent or hostile to the Gospel message. Let’s make sure our behavior brings them closer to, not further away from, God.