READING OF THE DAY: 09 JANUARY, 2016

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“Beloved: We have this confidence in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, we know that what we have asked him for is ours.

If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life.

This is only for those whose sin is not deadly.

There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray.

All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.

We know that no one begotten by God sins; but the one begotten by God he protects, and the evil one cannot touch him.

We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one.

We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true.

And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ.

He is the true God and eternal life.

Children, be on your guard against idols.” – 1 John 5:14-21.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 09 JANUARY, 2016

StAdrian

Born in Africa, Adrian became abbot of the monastery at Nerida, near Naples.

Adrian was serving as an abbot in Italy when the new Archbishop of Canterbury appointed him abbot of the monastery of Sts. Peter and Paul in Canterbury.

Theodore appointed him Abbot of SS. Peter and Paul Monastery (later changed to St. Augustine’s) in Canterbury, and during his thirty-nine years’ abbacy, the monastery became renowned as a center of learning.

Though St. Adrian turned down a papal request to become Archbishop of Canterbury, England, Pope St. Vitalian accepted the rejection on the condition that Adrian serve as the Holy Father’s assistant and adviser.

Adrian accepted, but ended up spending most of his life and doing most of his work in Canterbury.

Thanks to his leadership skills, the facility became one of the most important centers of learning.

The school attracted many outstanding scholars from far and wide and produced numerous future bishops and archbishops.

Students reportedly learned Greek and Latin and spoke Latin as well as their own native languages.

Adrian taught at the school for 40 years.

He died there, probably in the year 710, and was buried in the monastery. Several hundred years later, when reconstruction was being done, Adrian’s body was discovered in an incorrupt state.

As word spread, people flocked to his tomb, which became famous for miracles.

Rumor had it that young schoolboys in trouble with their masters made regular visits there.