For today’s post we look to the Holy Land to find our saint, who is John Climacus:
Saint John Climacus (Greek: Ἰωάννης τῆς Κλίμακος), also known as John of the Ladder, John Scholasticus and John Sinaites, was a 7th-century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai. He is revered as a saint by the Roman Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches.
A few quick pieces of info about him:
- Next to nothing is known about his origins or life before he arrived at a monastery at Mount Sinai.
- He practiced extra asceticism for years before becoming an abbot. During this time he studied the lives of earlier saints extensively.
- Only two works of are known to us: Ladder of Divine Ascent and To the Pastor. The first is the most famous, and is well respected in the Orthodox and Byzantine Traditions to this day.
- His renown was such that Pope Gregory sought his prayers, and sent aid for a hospital in Sinai used by pilgrims.
More about him can be found at his wiki, located here.