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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Saint John Calabytes (died c.450)

Ordinary Time: January 15th

Born wealthy at Constantinople (modern Istanbul, Turkey). Ran away from home as a child and became a monk at Gomon on the Bosphorus at age 12. When he finally returned home as a beggar at age 18, his family did not recognize him. However, they did recognized that he was a holy man, and the family allowed him to live as a hermit in a small hut (a calybe in Greek) near their front door. Only on his death were they were informed of his real identity. His story has led to his being a symbol of homelessness, and how we may not recognize the humanity in the poor and homeless in our midst.

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