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Saint John the Baptist (d. 30)

Saint John the Baptist (d. 30)

Patron saint of Baptism and monks

Feast day: June 24

Saint John the Baptist was a selflessly giving religious reformer. He is quoted in Matthew 3:11 as saying, “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

John the Baptist had many followers, but he was never boastful and knew that his calling was to lead these hopeful people to Jesus. He baptized Jesus and afterward told his disciples to follow Jesus. He lived a very simple and humble lifestyle, wearing a tunic made out of camel hair and living off the land.

John the Baptist died on the order of King Herod, who ordered that he be beheaded. 

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