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Saint of the Day: January 23rd - St John Almoner

Butler'sLivesoftheSaints Patriarch of Alexandria (556-619) Saint John, born on the Island of Cyprus, was married, but when his wife and two children died he considered it a call from God to lead a …More
Butler'sLivesoftheSaints
Patriarch of Alexandria
(556-619)

Saint John, born on the Island of Cyprus, was married, but when his wife and two children died he considered it a call from God to lead a perfect life. He gave away all he possessed in alms, and became known throughout the East as the Almsgiver. He was appointed Patriarch of Alexandria; but before he would take possession of his see, he told his servants to comb the town and bring him a list of his lords — meaning the poor. They brought word that there were seventy-five hundred of them, and these he undertook to feed every day.
On Wednesdays and Fridays of every week he sat on a bench before the church, to hear the complaints of the needy and aggrieved; he would not permit his servants to taste food until the wrongs were redressed. A man whom he had helped thanked him for his assistance one day, but he interrupted him, saying: My brother, I have not yet shed my blood for you, as Jesus Christ, my Saviour and my God, commands. …More