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Saint John of Egypt (304–394)

Saint John of Egypt (304–394)

Feast day: March 27

Saint John of Egypt devoted himself to a life of prayer and meditation as a hermit. He lived the majority of his life in a small, walled-up cell. He was as strict with his diet as he was with his prayer, eating only dried fruits and vegetables.

He acted as a spiritual director to many young men; he even constructed a hospice for them, given their vast numbers. John’s great reputation for intelligence and piety led him to be chosen as advisor to Emperor Theodosius. He exhibited the gifts of healing, prophecy, and the ability to know people’s hidden sins. He was admired by saints and regular people alike.

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