St. John Damascene, Doctor, On Holy Images


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Prescription of the Day

“The beauty of the images moves me to contemplation, as a meadow delights the eyes and subtly infuses the soul with the glory of God.”

Today is the memorial of St. John Damascene, priest and Doctor of the Church.  He lived from 676 AD – 749 AD and is well known for fighting the heresy of Iconoclasm (the word means breakers of images.)  Dealing with this violence head on, he was quite successful and the heresy faded significantly.

Applying the Prescription:

  •  Consider adding one or more sacred images (perhaps several) to your home and where you work if possible.  have them blessed and thank God for them.  Let them truly “infuse” your “soul with the glory of God.”

Let me know what you think of this posted image of the Doctor of Christian Art and Doctor of the Assumption.


Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad



St. John Damascene, Doctor, on Knowledge


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Prescription of the Day:

Concerning the Holy Trinity:  “For as much as you seek, so much more ignorant you will be; and as much as you pry into it, so much the more will it be hidden. Let God, therefore, be adored by the faithful without meddlesome calculation.”  From the Epilogue of The Source of Knowledge.

People are curious. We are constantly seeking more and more in the ways of knowledge. The late Rev. Dr. Harold Bumpus often said, “When trying to explain God, eventually language fails.”

  •  Care to share how you simply adore the Lord without “meddlesome calculation?
  •  Are you humbled when you gain knowledge?


Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad

St. John Damascene, Doctor, on Prayer



Prescription of the Day.

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.”

You probably heard that explanation but may not have known or remembered it comes from this great Doctor of the church.  As we look forward to the optional memorial of St. John Damascene on December 4,  consider the following:

  • How do you raise your heart and mind to God each day?
  • Are you requesting truly “good” things from God?  
  • What are “good thing”, anyway?