Saint Tarasius of Constantinople (c.730-806)
for February 25
Saint Tarasius of Constantinople was given the high honor of acting as consul and secretary of state to Emperor Constantine IV and his mother, Empress Irene. Although he held positions of prestige and power, he led the simple life of a monk. Tarasius was chosen as the patriarch of Constantinople, but accepted the position only after Constantinople resolved its dispute with the Holy See regarding the veneration of holy images. He lived very simply, eating and sleeping in moderation as well as reading, praying, and working for the Church. Tarasius fell from the emperor's good graces when he refused to acknowledge his divorce from his lawful wife and his attempt to marry a servant. He was briefly imprisoned for his disobedience, but was released and continued to do good works.
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When we are given positions of influence and power, we sometimes forget what is important in life. Saint Tarasius did not let his prestigious position change him, and he continued to lead the simple life of a monk. Do you let success, compliments, or material possessions change your views on what is important? Ask the Lord to help you always lead a humble and devout life of service.
Jesus, my Lord, help me to know the gifts I have and to use them for the good of others in a humble manner. Never let me take a holier-than-thou attitude; let me have a humble respect for all people. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)