On the clearest nights the stars were a cloud of light across the breadth of the sky, extravagant in their multitudes … The era of light pollution had come to an end. 
- Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

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February 9 - Feast of Saint Maron

Saint John Chrysostom knew Saint Maron, and wrote to him from his exile, which speaks out of spiritual friendship, and mutual respect that these two great men had for each other:

“To Maron the priest and hermit,

The friendship that relates us, makes you always present in front of my eyes, even when long distances separate us, because love is greater than to be blocked by a thousand miles or long years of separation. We, I, wished, we could correspond more often with you, however we found ourselves limited by the rarity of travelers between your land and our exile. So, we wish you all the best, and want you to be aware that we constantly remember you wherever we are, and have a great respect for you. For us, to Learn that you are doing fine is always a great source of consolation and joy for us in this estranged exile of ours; so, do not deprive us from your news. Finally, we ask you to please pray to God for us.”

Saint John of Matha
Feast Day: February 8
(Latin Calendar)

Let us never forget that our blessed Lord bade us love our neighbor not only ourselves, but as He loved us, who afterwards sacrificed Himself totally for us. - St John of Matha

According to tradition, John of Matha, the son of noble parents, was born on June 23, 1160 in Faucon-deBarcelonette, (southern) France. His chief interest lay in works of mercy and prayer. He received his early education at Aix-en-Provence, retired to a hermitage, then studied theology in Paris, where he gained his doctor’s degree. He was ordained a priest at the age of thirty-two in December 1192.

On January 28, 1193, as tradition tells us, John celebrated his first Mass. During that Mass, he was struck with a vision of Christ holding by the hand two chained captives, one a moor, the other a Christian (the Crusades were in full force at the time). The Christian captive carried a staff with a red and blue cross. Three other bystanders at the church that day had the same vision. After the Mass, John decided to devote himself to the task of ransoming Christian captives from the Moors – a work which impressed him as one of the greatest acts of charity since it benefited their souls and their bodies.

He, according to tradition, sought out the hermit Saint Felix at Cefroid, France, to spend time in prayer before taking on such an important task. One day while with Felix, John had another vision – a white stag appeared at a stream with a red and blue cross between its antlers. John told Felix of his plans and impressed Felix so much that Felix joined John in his mission. John founded the mother house at Cerfroid in the region of Picardy and adopted a Rule of Life specifically designed for the Order.

John set out for Rome, where, in 1198, Pope Innocent III consented to the founding of a new religious order and declared that John would become the first superior general. John directed the religious to wear a white habit with a red and blue cross and to take the name of the Order of the Holy Trinity. On his return to France, John, possibly accompanied by Felix, was received by King Philip II Augustus, who sanctioned the establishment of the Trinitarians in France.

John spent his life redeeming Christian captives from the Moors, who often tortured the Christians and tried to get them to renounce their faith. John died on December 17, 1213. Before his death, tradition tells us, he met Saint Francis of Assisi and introduced Francis to the Frangipani family, one of the benefactors of the Franciscan order. Saint John Baptist of the Conception reformed the Trinitarian Order in 1599.

In 1655, John de Matha’s relics were transferred to Madrid; honoring him as a saint was officially approved in 1666 and again in 1694. Today, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity is active on five continents and in many countries, including the United States.

If we do not have love we are deprived of everything. For nothing attracts God so much as charity. And nothing enrages God so much, as for us to be uncharitable.
—  St. John Chrysostom

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Anything. I'm trying to read as much as I can. Mostly fantasy and young adult. I'm wanting to read others tho

Well, I probably sound like a broken record by now but Uprooted by Naomi Novik is so so so good but alsooooooo

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Windup Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
  • The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Saint John Chrysostom, the golden trumpet of Orthodoxy

The memory of this illuminary of the Church is celebrated on November 13 and January 30 but, on this date, the Church celebrates the translation of his honorable relics from the Armenian village of Comana, where he died in exile, to Constantinople, where earlier he had governed the Church. Thirty years after his death, Patriarch Proculus delivered a homily in memory of his spiritual father and teacher. He so enflamed the love of the people and Emperor Theodosius the Younger toward this great saint that all of them desired that Chrysostom’s relics be translated to Constantinople. It was said that the sarcophagus, containing the relics of St. John Chrysostom, did not allow itself to be moved from its resting place until the emperor wrote a letter to Chrysostom begging him for forgiveness (for Theodosius’ mother, Eudoxia, was the culprit responsible for the banishment of this saint) and appealing to him to come to Constantinople, his former residence. When this letter of repentance was placed on the sarcophagus, its weight became extremely light. At the time of the translation of his relics, many who were ill and whotouched the sarcophagus were healed. When the relics arrived in the capital, then the emperor in the name of his mother as though she herself was speaking over the relics, again, prayed to the saint for forgiveness. “While I lived in this transient life, I did you malice and, now, when you live the immortal life, be beneficial to my soul. My glory passed away and it helped nothing. Help me, father; in your glory, help me before I am condemned at the Judgment of Christ!” When the saint was brought into the Church of the Twelve Apostles and placed on the patriarchal throne, the masses of people heard thewords from St. Chrysostom’s mouth saying: “Peace be to you all.” The translation of the relics of St. John Chrysostom was accomplished in the year 438 A.D.

Why does the Lord allow there to be poor? For your good, so that you may be cleansed from your sins and expiate them, “for alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin”(Tobit 7:9, Sirach 3:30); so that you may win suppliants who will pray for you in the persons of those upon whom you bestow your charity, so that the Lord may be merciful to you. “Blessed are
the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

+St John of Kronstadt

“When they see me on the ice on Sunday, will my girls be proud of me? Who knows. I like to think so. But I know they’ll be there for me — for their big, goofy dad — no matter what. They’ll be there, in the stands, cheering me on — wearing their Scott jerseys, and watching me try my best, have some fun and fulfill a dream I’ve had since I was, well, their age." 

-John Scott, A Guy Like Me