St. John the Dwarf On Man’s Virtues

St. John the Dwarf

St. John the Dwarf

I think it is best that a man should have a little bit of all the virtues. Therefore, get up early every day and acquire the beginning of every virtue and every commandment of God. Use great patience, with fear and long-suffering, in the love of God, with all the fervor of your soul and body. Exercise great humility, bear with interior distress; be vigilant and pray often with reverence, with purity of speech and control of your eyes. When you are despised do not get angry; be at peace, and do not render evil for evil. Do not pray attention to the faults of others, and do not try to compare yourself with others, knowing you are less than every created thing. Renounce everything material and that which is of the flesh. Live by the cross, in warfare, in poverty of spirit, in voluntary spiritual asceticism, in fasting, penitence and tears, in discernment, in purity of soul, taking hold of that which is good. Do your work in peace. Persevere in keeping vigil, in hunger and thirst, in cold and nakedness, and in sufferings. Shut yourself in a tomb as though you were already dead, so that at all times you will think death is near.

Excerpt taking from the book: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers


5 Responses to “St. John the Dwarf On Man’s Virtues”

  1. 1 Sean Reid June 12, 2010 at 10:37 pm


    Can you tell me who wrote the icon of St. John The Dwarf you have picture on your Oct 12, 2009 post? Any idea where or how I could order a replica of it? I have been searching for some time for an icon of John the Dwarf and was so pleased to stumble upon the photo on your blog. Any help you can provide would be most appreciated.

    Many thanks!


  2. 2 Mary June 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Sean,

    The icon I have here of St. John the Dwarf on this post I found on the internet a long time ago. I do not know who wrote this icon, or where I found this.

    I’ve searched online for a couple of days to see if I could find an icon of St. John the Dwarf for sale so I could give you the link. Sadly, I could not find anything! So, I put my husband on a mission to find one, and he could not find anything either. If I stumble across an icon of St. John the Dwarf, I will let you know. As for now, no luck. 😦

    God Bless!


  3. 3 Sean June 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks so much for trying!

  4. 4 Сигилопатор May 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    If I may add a suggestion. We here in Serbia, when we cant find an icon of the saint, we just print the icon and buy a piece of Medium-density fibreboard in the size of the icon and then you take some wood glue and stick the paper icon on the wood and after, when it gets dry, just polish it with some marine varnish. Then you take the icon to the church so it can be sanctified by the priest.
    In that way you can have almost any icon you wish.

  5. 5 Phaerisee October 17, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Great work! I hope you don’t mind if I share this link to your article today on his feast day! 🙂

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