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Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian

Feast date: Jul 23

The Church celebrates the feast of St. John Cassian on July 23, an eastern monk and theological writer. He went to Palestine in 380 with a companion, Germanus, and became a monk in Egypt. In 400 he entered into the discipleship of St. John Chrysostom, going to Rome to defend the much-oppressed saint before Pope Innocent I.

Ordained in Rome, John founded several monasteries in southern France, near Marseilles, thus helping to pioneer monasticism in Europe. His two main writings, Institutes of the Monastic Life and Conferences on the Egyptian Monks, were much praised by St. Benedict and were extremelly influential for a very long time; the former had a direct impact upon Benedict during the time that he was composing his famed Rule.

John also authored the work De Incarnatione Doniini, in seven books, at the behest of Pope Leo I the Great so as to inform the Western Church of the details of the teachings of the heresiarch Nestorius. He died in 433 A.D

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Daily Inspiration

We Are Family / Somos Familia

Do you have friends who are more like family?

I’ve known some people in my life who I’m pretty sure I’m actually related to. No, we aren’t biological relations, but we laugh and cry and support each other so much you’d think that we were “cut from the same cloth.” 

But, I really am related to them. 

When Jesus says, “Whoever does the will of God in Heaven is my mother and my brother,” we know that we are God’s adoptees. Through word and deed, in action and speech, in truth and in love, the rest of the world will know that we are Christians. We become automatically related to God when we confess our sins and cry out, “Abba, Father!”

Today, let us go to the Father and remember our place in the family as sons and daughters of God. Let us claim the crown of adoption. And let us delight in the love of our Father as only little children can do.

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¿Tienes amigos que son más como familia?

He conocido a algunas personas en mi vida con las que estoy bastante segura de que somos parientes. No, no somos relaciones biológicas, pero nos reímos, lloramos y nos apoyamos tanto que uno pensaría que estamos “cortados del mismo patrón”.

Pero en verdad sí somos familia.

Cuando Jesús dice: “Pues todo el que cumple la voluntad de mi Padre, que está en los cielos, ése es mi hermano, mi hermana y mi madre”, sabemos que somos hijos adoptivos de Dios. A través de palabras y hechos, en acción y discurso, en verdad y en amor, el resto del mundo sabrá que somos cristianos. Automáticamente somos parientes de Dios cuando confesamos nuestros pecados y clamamos: “¡Abba, Padre!”

Hoy vayamos al Padre y recordemos nuestro lugar en la familia como hijos e hijas de Dios. Reclamemos la corona de la adopción. Y deleitémonos en el amor de nuestro Padre como sólo los niños pequeños pueden.

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Mary Thissen is a St. Louis native living in East Central Illinois with her husband and children. She is blessed with twin boys Earthside and four children now living in Heaven. When she is not working as a healthcare data analyst or caring for her boys, she enjoys studying and writing about the Catholic faith and ministering to women who are suffering through miscarriage or infertility. You can connect with Mary on Instagram @waitingonmiracles. 

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