- John the Dwarf
name=Saint John the Dwarf
October 17= Paopi20
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Oriental Orthodox Churches
Mount Colzim, Egypt
Monkwatering a stick
John the Dwarf was born in the town of
Bastain Egyptto poor Christianparents. At the age of eight he moved to the desert of Sceteswhere he became a disciple of Saint Pamboand a good friend of Saint Pishoy. He lived a life of austerity and taught several other monks his way of life, among them Arsenius the Great.
John the Dwarf is most known for his obedience. The most famous story about his obedience is that one day Saint
Pambogave him a piece of dry wood and ordered him to plant and water it. John obeyed and went on watering it twice a day even though the water was about 12 miles from where they lived. After three years, the piece of wood sprouted and grew into a fruitful tree. Pambo took some of this tree's fruits and went around to all the elder monks, saying "take, eat from the fruit of obedience." The tree of Saint John the Dwarf, known as the Tree of Obedience, still exists today in the deserted Monastery of Saint John the Dwarf in the Nitrian Desert.
After the departure of
Saint Pambo, John was ordained a priest by Pope Theophilus and became abbot of the monastery he founded around the Tree of Obedience. When the Berbersinvaded Scetesin 395, John fled the Nitrian Desert and went to live on Mount Colzim, near the present city of Suez, where he died.
In 515, the relics of Saint John the Dwarf were moved to the
Nitrian Desert. His feast is celebrated on October 17in the Roman Catholic Churchand on 20 Paopiat the Coptic Orthodox Church. The Monastery of Saint John the Dwarf in Scetesis now deserted.
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