The Orthodox Church keeps the Feast of St John Cassian today, though as it only falls on Leap Years, it is often transferred to another date. Cassian is an important figure in monastic life, through his journeys in the Holy Land and other places to garner the riches of monastic life. His Institutes and Conferences are essential reading for all monastics.

He said: ‘The thief on the cross certainly did not receive the Kingdom of Heaven as a reward for his virtues, but as a grace and a mercy from God. He can serve as an authentic witness
that our salvation is given to us only by God’s mercy and grace. All the holy masters knew this and unanimously taught that perfection in holiness can be achieved only through humility’.

May St John Cassian pray for us, whatever our walk in life, and may God bless you this day.