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Saint of the Day: May 13th/December 7th - Saint John the Silent

Butler'sLivesoftheSaints May 13/December 7 A.D. 559. John had his surname given him from his love of silence and recollection. He was born at Nicopolis in Armenia, in the year 454. His descent by …More
Butler'sLivesoftheSaints May 13/December 7
A.D. 559.
John had his surname given him from his love of silence and recollection. He was born at Nicopolis in Armenia, in the year 454. His descent by both parties was from the most illustrious generals and governors of that part of the empire; but he derived from their virtue a much more illustrious nobility than that of their pedigree. They were solicitous above all things to give their son the most holy education. After their death, he, with part of his estate, built at Nicopolis a church in honour of the Blessed Virgin, as also a monastery, in which, with ten fervent companions, he shut himself up when only eighteen years of age, with a view of making the salvation and most perfect sanctification of his soul his only and earnest pursuit, directing to this end all his thoughts and endeavours. As humility is the foundation and guardian of all virtue, this he laboured in the first place to obtain. Accordingly he made it his earnest …More
St John ora pro nobis
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