St John the Merciful

St John the Merciful, Patriarch of Alexandria

St. John the Merciful lived during the 7th century.  Tragically, his wife and children all died and he decided to become a monk.  His love and generosity earned such a reputation that he was begged by Emperor Heraclius and his fellow clergy to occupy the highest position in that region as the Patriarch of Alexandria.

Most of us who have grown up Protestant begin to feel a bit suspicious of religious people in power.  We use phrases like, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” or even shorten it to, “power corrupts.”  I find St. John the Merciful to be inspiring because he takes this stereotype and turns it upside down.   Continue reading St John the Merciful