Today, we celebrate Saint Genesius, the patron of actors and theatre goers. Trending on Twitter today, are stories about “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dune” actor Timothee Chalamet, who, during the Academy Awards last night was being hailed as “Best Dressed.” That’s not hard to believe, though we did not see what he wore.
Saint Genesius was performing a play in Rome. It was on or about the year 303 and the play mocked Baptism. During the performance, Saint Genesius “Broke The Fourth Wall” (a term used to describe an incident where an actor goes out of character and speaks to the audience as themselves instead of the character they portray). He announced that he will defy Emperor Diocletian and professes his greatest Faith to be for God (and Baptism), not the Emperor.
Emperor Diocletian didn’t really like that display very much. So, he ordered that Genesius be put to death by his henchmen, which they did. He was beheaded in Rome. Still, Saint Genesius stood his ground, despite winding up dead because of it.
It's often difficult to be entirely candid and truthful. And sometimes it’s better to leave some things left unsaid. But we love Saint Genesius for his courageous display of Faith. He “Came Out” as who he was, and that’s admirable. It’s often true that “Honesty is the Best Policy.”