Saint Theodosius the Cenobiarch (423-529)
for January 11
Saint Theodosius was born to a religious family. He began his education at a young age and followed the example of Abraham by leaving home to follow God. He met and worked with Saints Simeon Stylites and Longinus the Centurian on his travels. Theodosius was a hermit in Judah, and when his holy ways began to attract followers he built a monastery at Cathismus to provide shelter for them. There were followers from many different countries in the monastery, but everyone lived in peace and harmony, working and praying together. Theodosius opposed heresies, even Eutychianism, which was supported by Emperor Anastasius. The emperor tried desperately to persuade Theodosius to accept this heresy, eventually deciding to bribe him with a large amount of money. Theodosius took the bribe and distributed it to the poor and the needy, while standing firm in his opposition to Eutychianism. He encountered poor health in his old age, but continued to do good works and pray with his community until his death at age 105. Saint Theodosius the Cenobiarch is the patron saint of file-makers.
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Saint Theodosius stood firm in what he knew to be true, even when he was bribed with a large sum of money. Would you oppose something you knew was unjust, even if it would make your life harder and less comfortable? Ask the Lord to strengthen you to always stand up for what is right, just, and in accordance with the Word of God.
God of strength, grant me courage to live out the vision of the good life that you have planted in me. Help me to be strong in doing right in the face of opposition. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)