Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19: Saint Arsenius the Great


Saint Arsenius started out with a privileged life. His dad was in the Roman Senate, and Arsenius worked as a tutor for the children of the emperor. He also inherited a lot of money from a relative, so he had everything he could want. But one day, he prayed, “O God, teach me how to be saved,” and the Lord’s voice came to him, quoting Matthew 16:26: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Asresenius left everything behind and went to live with the desert monks in Egypt. He found peace in living a quiet, humble life with Christ.


Read Mt 16:21-27 in a children’s bible and talk about it. Why do you think Peter said what he did when he found out that Jesus must be killed? Do you think Jesus understood why Peter was upset? Do you think Jesus answered Peter in an angry way or with love and understanding? Jesus is asking us to be willing to give up anything to follow Him? Do you think that would be easy to do or hard to do? Pray that God will make your heart willing to give up whatever He needs you to give up.

Saint Arsenius the Great, pray for us!

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