March 21 – Saint Serapion the Scholastic


listenO Jesus, Saint Serapion the Scholastic often said: “The mind is purified by holy meditation and prayer, the spiritual passions of the soul by charity, and the irregular appetites by abstinence and penance.”  I ask him to intercede for me in my efforts of self-purification.  Inspire me to do penances that will help me overcome my sinful tendencies.  Teach me to fast as a means of emptying myself of the desires of the flesh and the deceptions of the world, so that my life can be filled more fully with Your Holy Presence.  Instill in my heart an unconditional love for all people and a longing to serve those around me.  Saint Serapion the Scholastic, pray for me.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint Serapion (330-360)

quoteThe mind is purified by spiritual knowledge, the spiritual passions of the soul by charity, and the irregular appetites by abstinence and penance.”

Saint Nicholas of Flue (1417-1487)
Feast day March 21

quoteEach state of life has its special duties; by their accomplishments one may find happiness.”

quoteMy Lord and my God, remove far from me whatever keeps me from You. My Lord and my God, confer on me whatever enables me to reach You. My Lord and my God, free me from self and make me wholly Yours. Amen.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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