Saint John Damascene (645-749)

for December 4

Saint John was born in Damascus. He and his adoptive brother Cosmos received a classical and theological education. Both brothers joined the Monastery of Saint Sabas near Jerusalem. John is well known in three areas. First, he is known for his moving writings against the iconoclasts, who stood against the reverence of images. Second, John is celebrated for his treatise, "Exposition of the Orthodox Faith," which summarizes the Greek Fathers. Third, he is known as being one of the greatest poets of the Eastern Church. John is also famous for his strong devotion to the Blessed Mother.

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Saint John Damascene used his talents and the knowledge that he received from his classical and theological education to assist him in his ministry. Do you use the blessings that God has given you to help you do his work and minister to others? Ask the Lord to guide your work and ministry each day so you can become a better Christian.


Dear God, I praise and thank you for the grace you give to help me find my way to you. Please guide my footsteps every day so that I become righteous, godly, faithful, loving, patient, and gentle. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)