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To the editors:

Saint Dima (the Spanish pronunciation), who proved efficacious in restoring to Achy Obejas her stolen property (Our Town, December 12), may be more recognizable in his traditional spelling, Saint Dismas. Known by this name since the mid-fourth century Acts of Pilate, he is the Good Thief crucified with Jesus, as told in Luke 23:39-43; he upbraided his companion (traditionally called Gestas) for mocking Jesus, and recognized him as Savior. Thereupon he became the only person in Christian tradition to know for certain of his eternal place in Heaven: Jesus told him, "Today you shall be with me in Paradise." Dismas is the patron saint of criminals and, sadly still relevant, those condemned to death; his feast is celebrated on March 25.

Peter T. Daniels

N. Malden

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