Saturday, January 23, 2010

St. John the Almoner (c.550 to Nov. 11, 616)

Each day, I try to somehow demonstrate the goodness and kindness of the saints. It was easiest to do when I was a journalist at a daily newspaper. The most fulfilling part of my job was writing about local charities or people in need that would not have been recognized otherwise. It was a small thing to do to emulate someone like St. John the Almoner (also known as St. John the Almsgiver or St. John the Merciful).
He was born c.550 in Cyprus. After the death of his wife and child, St. John the Almoner entered the clergy and devoted his life to helping the poor and needy. He is remembered for saving refugees from the Persian attacks on the Holy Land and was named the Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt in 608.
St. John the Almoner died on Nov. 11, 616. His feast day is Jan. 23. Some people say his relics are in Venice, Italy and others believe they are in Slovakia.

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