December 4 – St. John Damascene

St. John Damascene lived in the 8th century and was the governor of Damascus. The emperor of Damascus had prohibited the images of saints, but John kept his and propagated Christian customs in spite of the prohibition. He wrote many books for the education and support of the faith of Christians. The emperor became angry with him and John thought that he would have to resign from his position as governor.  John later gave everything he had to the poor and became a monk.  People laughed at seeing that a once powerful man was now poor and was selling baskets to maintain his monastery. St. John Damascene died in the year 749.

What do you value the most: your position, possessions, faith…?


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