ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
Confessor and Doctor of the Church
ST. JOHN was born about the year 676. He was famous for his great encyclopedic knowledge and theological method which later was a source of inspiration to St. Thomas Aquinas.
He vigorously opposed the Iconoclast persecution of the Emperor of Constantinople, Leo the Isaurian, and he distinguished himself in the defense of the veneration of sacred images. He was condemned to have his right had cut off, but he lived to see it miraculously restored through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin. After continued persecutions, he died in peace toward the latter part of the 8th century.