December 4 – Saint John Damascene

Saint John Damascene

Holy Spirit, Saint John Damascene’s father raised him to dislike the games of war and piracy that were popular among his peers.  This helped him grow up to become a priest who was famous for his purity and theological knowledge.  I ask him to intercede for today’s parents and children.  Remind us of the need to protect the hearts and minds of our children from the violence in movies, video games, and TV shows.  Show us how to give our youth a desire to remain pure from worldly fascinations and to resist peer pressure.  Help us to increase their faith by the examples we set and to instill in them a strong love for You.  Saint John, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint John Damascene

Render us pleasing to Him, so that we may enjoy happiness with Him, seeing thee resplendent with thy Son’s glory, rejoicing forever, keeping feast in the Church with those who worthily celebrate Him Who worked our salvation through thee: Christ, the Son of God, and our God. To Him be glory and majesty, with the uncreated Father and the all-holy and life-giving Spirit, now and forever, through the endless ages of eternity. Amen. >>

Your (Mary’s) lips were fashioned only to praise Jesus Christ and to be pressed against His. Your pure and immaculate Heart is always turned towards your beloved, and is applied only to contemplate Him, to desire Him, to seek Him and to aspire after Him. >>

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