But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.(Matthew -6,33 )
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Chapter XXVIII – A miraculous deed of abba Julianus the Stylite
My father and brother and I heard of the fame of abba Julianus and left our own region in order to visit him. Now I was suffering from an unhealthy condition which nobody had been able to cure, but when I came to him the old man prayed and cured me on the spot. We all renounced the world and stayed with him, and the old man put my father in charge of the grain supply. One day my father went to abba Julius and said that there wasn’t any grain left.
“Go and gather whatever you can find, brother, and grind it for today,” said the old man from the top of his column, “and God will take care of our tomorrow.”
This command really upset him (for he knew that he had not given out any food at all), so he just went back to his cell. But an urgent message was sent to him from the old man, telling him to come to him at once and he did so but with a very bad grace.
“Brother Conon,” said the old man, “go and prepare food for the brothers, using whatever you shall find.”
In spite of his anger he took the keys of the grain store and went off thinking he would be able to serve up nothing but the dust of the earth. But when he unbarred the door and tried to open it, he was unable to do so because the storehouse was completely full of grain. Terrified by what he saw, he prostrated himself before the old man, seeking pardon.
Excerpts from John Moschos’ Leimonarion – Spiritual Meadow: Chapter XXVIII – A miraculous deed of abba JULIANUS THE STYLITE.
John Moschus, (born c. 540–550, probably Damascus, Syria—died 619 or 634,Rome [Italy], or Constantinople, Byzantine Empire) ‘Eukratas’, Byzantine monk and spiritual writer whose work Pratum spirituale (“The Spiritual Meadow”), Moschus began his monastic life at St. Theodosius the Cenobiarch in Palestine Monastery near Jerusalemabout 565. where he met Sophronius and became his close friend.They visited several monasteries, writing down the lives and spiritual wisdom of the ascetics they met. From these notes emerged their renowned book, the LEIMONARION or SPIRITUAL MEADOW. St John Moschus died at Rome. His body was taken to Jerusalem by St Sophronius Patriarch of Jerusalem of his friend and buried at the monastery of St Theodosius.
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O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.
The Father is my hope, the Son my refuge, the Holy Spirit my protection: All-Holy Trinity, glory to You!