Monday, January 11, 2016

January 11: Saint Theodosius

Saint Theodosius
Photo by Elena Chochkova


Saint Theodosius loved the Lord so deeply, he wanted to spend all his time alone with Him. He tried to be a hermit (a religious person who lives all by himself), but he was so wise and holy, many others came to learn from him. So he started a monastery. But being around so many people who admired him was troubling for Saint Theodosius. He went up a mountain to live in a cave. He would tie himself upright with a rope so that he could stand in prayer all night, even if he fell asleep.


Saint Theodosius had a very humble life. In fact, he ate only dates, carobs, veggies and beans, and just a little of these things, because he was really only hungry for God. Here’s a quick recipe that will give you an idea of how Saint Theodosius ate.

Date, Nut and Carob Snacks

•  1 cup dates
•  3/4 cup walnuts, cashews or pecans
•  1/4 cup carob powder

Process all ingredients in a food processor until fine and sticky. Shape into 1” balls. If the mixture is too dry to stick together, add a splash of water and process again.

Saint Theodosius, pray for us!

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