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JOHN CASSSIAN


John Cassian, Abbot

John Cassian struggled with the problems of living the Christian life in a time when the world seemed to be falling apart. In so doing, he laid the foundation for what would be the spirituality of the Western Church. He became connected to a community of ascetic monks in Egypt. He moved from Egypt and then to Southern Gaul. He moved to Southern Gaul and there founded a monastery for men and later for women. Though Cassian’s goal was like his desert mentors--the perfection of the individual soul-- he affirmed that no one should embark on a monastic vocation alone. One should enter a house where other monks were pursuing the same Scripture. His monks were to live according to time-tested rules, and thereby gain the guidance and companionship of the community.

Prayer

Holy and Mighty One, whose beloved Son Jesus Christ blessed the pure in heart. We give you thanks for the life and teachings of John Cassian that draws us to a discipline of holy living for the sake of your reign. Call us to turn the gaze of the soul always toward you that we may abide in your love shown to us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who with you and the holy Spirit is one God, living and true, to the ages of ages, AMEN.

Scripture

John 1:1-14

There came a man who was sent from God. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. The word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth

Reflection

How difficult and challenging would it be for you to live the lifestyle of a desert monk? Plan a silent retreat in the mountains


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