Have you ever started a good habit, a habit that you’ve kept? Finishing your homework every night, not eating so
much candy, making your bed every day. Have you made a good habit that stuck? With our faith, we have lots of good habits we can work on, don’t we? In today’s epistle reading, Saint Paul gives some good advice. “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
We all should make a habit to read the Bible. Saint Paul says, “From childhood, you have known the sacred writings.” Children can read the Bible too! And if you’re too little, ask your parents to read to you. We can make
the Bible part of every day of our life. Read a little every day, especially the Gospels, which tell us about what Jesus did. Good habits are important because they do something for us.
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Saint Romanos of Karpenisi: a Saint who couldn’t Read!
Do you remember the three saints we celebrated a few weeks ago? They were the Three Hierarchs—Saint Basil, Saint Gregory, and Saint John Chrysostom. These three saints had read everything, and knew so much. They had had great teachers and learned all their lives. This week, we celebrate a saint who was different
from the hierarchs. Why? Because Saint Romanos couldn’t even read! Romanos came from Karpenisi, a part of Greece up in the mountains. Saint Romanos didn’t know a lot, but he knew the most important thing. He knew he loved God. He knew he would do anything to keep his faith. We celebrate Saint Romanos on Wednesday, February 16th (OC: Feb. 29th).