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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By Deacon F.K. Bartels
St. Teresa's whole life is one of simple beauty and fervent purpose; it is a life contained in Christ. She shows us how to live the same way through Prayer.On reading from St. Teresa, a deep feeling of her love for His Majesty envelops us; we begin, in a very real, ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes