Early one morning repose in Ephesus in the year 101 AD, John, the beloved disciple of the Lord, awoke and gathered his seven disciples
“Take shovels and follow me,” he said.
The disciples were curious but obedient. Upon reaching a suitable place, John asked them to sit down and wait while he went off to pray in solitude. Upon his return, John embraced his disciples and gave final instructions …
“Take shovels and follow me,” he said. …
Today we commemorate Saint Silouan the Athonite. Silouan was born in 1866 in the Tambov region of Russia to pious parents. He thought of God, prayed, and felt drawn to the monastic life at a young age but his father advised him to serve in the military first. After a wild period in his youth, he dreamt of a
The prophecy of Malachi was fulfilled with the coming of the last and greatest of the prophets, St. John the Venerable Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist. As told in the gospel of Luke, John’s father Zacharias was performing his duty as high priest […]
Saint Euphemia lived in Chalcedon during the reign of Emperor Diocletian (284-305). Born of Christian parents, Euphemia had great faith in Christ even in her youth. She was beautiful, chaste, and well versed in the scriptures and became the leader of a small group of Christians who performed works of love and charity among the community. Soon, Christians of the region came under the persecution of the