Saint Days: Sergius of Radonezh, Monk and Reformer
Sergius of Radonezh lived from 1314-1392. He was a smart young boy but had trouble reading until he was given holy bread by an older man. Many Orthodox view this as an Angelic Visitation.
After his parents died, he moved to Moscow to live with his older brother, a monk. Eventually, he too took monastic vows and was later ordained as a priest. Over time, he became very influential in Russian monasticism, founding 40 monasteries. He was asked to become a metropolitan (the Orthodox equivalent of a Bishop) but he refused. He is an example of true humility to all Christians!
Let us remember Sergius of Radonezh in our prayers today:
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Sergius may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.