Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, January 14, 2012

The work of an evangelist

For not to one, or two or three cities shall you preach, says Christ, but to the whole world. You will traverse land and sea, the inhabited country and the desert, preaching to princes and tribes alike, to philosophers and orators saying everything openly and with boldness of speech.  St. John Chrysostom

January 14 is the commemoration of St. Nina, Enlightener of Georgia and Equal to the Apostles—many years to all who celebrate on this day (my daughter has St. Nina as her namesake).

Tonight after dinner, I suggested a reading on the life of St. Nina.  I found a detailed, fascinating life of the Saint on-line from a book published by Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY (surf here:  http://www.angelfire.com/ga/Georgian/beso.html).  I realize that by eyeing at the text you might think it’s just too much for a busy person to read (it is two pages long). However, if you make the effort, I’m certain you will be both edified and amazed…wondrous is God in His Saints! 

I found it very enjoyable to read the text aloud and my daughter was carefully tuned in as I read.  When I finished, my Nina was quite amazed by the hagiography and the mighty works of God wrought through the service of St. Nina in Iberia.  She gratefully acknowledged her spiritual link with this great evangelist and wonderworker—glory to God! 

Blessed Feast of St. Nina, Enlightener of Georgia and Equal to the Apostles!

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