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    Of the Good, Peaceable Man  (1)

       FIRST keep peace with yourself; then you will be able to bring
    peace to others. A peaceful man does more good than a learned man.
    Whereas a passionate man turns even good to evil and is quick to
    believe evil, the peaceful man, being good himself, turns all things
    to good.
       The man who is at perfect ease is never suspicious, but the
    disturbed and discontented spirit is upset by many a suspicion. He
    neither rests himself nor permits others to do so. He often says what
    ought not to be said and leaves undone what ought to be done. He is
    concerned with the duties of others but neglects his own.
    --Thomas à Kempis --Imitation of Christ Book 2, Chapter 3

    April 22nd - St. Theodore of Sykeon, Bishop of Anastasiopolis
    d. 613

    ST THEODORE was born in the Galatian town of Sykeon in Asia Minor, the
    son of n harlot who kept an inn. From infancy he was so given to
    prayer that as a schoolboy he often deprived himself of his meal to
    spend the dinner hour in church. At an early age he shut himself up,
    first in a cellar of his mother’s house and then in a cave under a
    disused chapel. The desire to escape still more completely from the
    world led him subsequently to take up his abode for a time on a desert mountain. He assumed the monastic habit when on a pilgrimage to
    Jerusalem, and received ordination to the priesthood from his own
    bishop. His life was extremely austere. Vegetables were his only food,
    but of these he partook most sparingly, and he wore an iron girdle
    about his body. Endowed with the gifts of prophecy and of miracles, he
    obtained by his prayers, when on a second visit to the Holy Land, an
    abundant fall of rain after a severe drought.

    Several monasteries were founded by St. Theodore, notably one near an
    ancient chapel dedicated in honour of St. George, to whom he had a
    great devotion, and another at his native town of Sykeon. Over the
    latter he ruled as abbot, although he continued to reside mainly in a
    remote and secluded cell. Maurice, the general of the armies of the
    Emperor Tiberius, upon his return from his victorious cam­paign in
    Persia, visited the saint, who foretold to him his accession to the
    imperial throne. When the prophecy was fulfilled in 582, Maurice did
    not fail to commend himself and his empire to the holy man’s prayers.
    By main force Theodore was consecrated bishop of Anastasiopolis--a
    post for which he felt himself totally unfitted--but after ten years
    he succeeded in obtaining leave to resign. From Sykeon whither he
    joyfully retired he was recalled to Constantinople to bless the
    emperor and senate, and he then cured one of the emperor’s sons of a
    skin disease, supposed to be leprosy. St. Theodore died at Sykeon on
    April 22, 613. He had done much to propagate and popularize the cultus
    of St. George.

    There is a long account of this St. Theodore, written by a
    contemporary. Perhaps for modern taste it is too much a succession of
    wonders, anecdotes and encounters with demoniacs, and it is not free
    from what Dr Baynes calls that “portentous rhetoric which often makes
    the reading of Byzantine hagiography a weariness of the flesh”. But it
    is a fascinating work for all that and, again to quote Dr. Baynes,
    “the best picture known to us of life in Asia Minor in the Byzantine
    period before the Arab invasions of the empire”.
    In the Acta Sanctorum for April, vol. iii, is the Latin translation of
    the Greek biography, which purports to have been written by a disciple
    of the saint, Eleusius, called George. The Greek text has been
    published by Theophilus Joannis, and there is an excellent English
    version, a little abridged, in E. Dawes and N. H. Baynes, Three
    Byzantine Saints (1948). There is also the Greek text of a lengthy “Encomium” by Nicephorus Scevophylax which adds other details. This
    has been edited in the Analecta Bollandiana, vol. xx (1901), pp.

    Bible Quote:
    With all thy strength love him that made thee: and forsake not his
    ministers. Honour God with all thy soul and give honour to the
    priests, and purify thyself with thy arms. Give them their portion, as
    it is commanded thee, of the firstfruits and of purifications: and for
    thy negligences purify thyself with a few. Offer to the Lord the gift
    of thy shoulders, and the sacrifice of sanctification, and the
    firstfruits of the holy things: [Sirach 7: 32-36]  DRB

    Saint Quote:
    Charity is a love of friendship, a friendship of choice, a choice of preference, but an incomparable, a sovereign, and supernatural
    preference which is like a sun in the whole soul, to embellish it with
    its rays; in all our spiritual faculties to perfect them; in all our
    powers to moderate them; but in the will, as its seat, to reside
    there, and to make it cherish and love its God above all things.
    -- St. Francis of Sales

    Reflection and Prayer from the Imitation of Christ

    To study the truths of religion, not so much to know as to practice
    them; to listen to the Divine Word, which speaks more to the heart
    than to the understanding; to know and to do what is necessary for
    salvation, is the true science of a Christian. I am weary of
    speculative knowledge, which does not change nor move my heart, but
    only flatters the curiosity of my mind; I am tired of knowing and
    saying so much concerning eternal truths and salvation, and yet doing
    so little to obtain it.

     O Jesus! Who hast taught us that not all those who say Lord, Lord,
    shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but only such as do the will
    of Thy Father, whose lives correspond with their belief, grant us a
    truly Christian spirit, a Christian heart, and guide us in the paths
    of a Christian life. Grant that I may become detached from all things,
    and in all things seek Thee alone. Grant that I may direct all my
    knowledge, my whole capacity, all my happiness, and all my exertions,
    to please Thee, to love Thee, and to obtain Thy love for time and
    eternity. Amen.

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