Saint John of Cassian (360-435)
for July 23
Saint John of Cassian was a monk and religious writer. He befriended and defended Saint John Chrysostom in Rome. After his defense, Saint John of Cassian was ordained to the priesthood and he established several monasteries in Europe. He is best remembered for his writings "Institutes of the Monastic Life" and "Conferences on the Egyptian Monks." "Institutes of the Monastic Life" was highly celebrated by Saint Benedict, and was a great influence on him as he was penning his famous Rule.
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"Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundred-fold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!" (Matthew 13:8–9). Jesus is talking to the crowd gathered around him. He is talking about you as well. You are the good soil in which the word of God has been placed. You have the ability to bring forth so much goodness over the course of your life. That goodness will grow through the vocation you live and the particular work you do. It will grow through the way you stay close to the Lord. It will grow through the way you care about others, especially those who have greater needs than you do. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")
Dear Jesus, while you were on this earth, you gave us so much guidance. I will try to be the good soil for your word during these years as a teen and into my adult life. Help me to think of that each day. (Taken from "Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.")