Russian monk. Born to a wealthy family, he gave up all connection with the comfortable circumstances of his parents and labored in the fields with the humble peasants before entering the monastery ofthe Caves in Kiev about 1032. Eventually becoming abbot of the community, he introduced many reforms to end the extreme asceticism which had been long-standing practice and introduced a more moderate rule for the monks. Aside from promoting the spiritual life in the region around Kiev, he also aided the poor, established hospitals, and involved himself in the dynastic politics of the duchy of Kiev. Through his labors, he made "the Caves" one of the foremost monastic institutions in Russia. Canonized in 1108 by the bishop of Kiev, he is venerated by the Russian Orthodox Church as one ofthe founders of Russian monasticism.
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Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). He joined the Mercedarians under St. ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes