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Don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.                Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.                Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!                Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?                If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?                Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.                But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?                Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.                For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.                But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.               
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St. Theodore of Sykeon (613AD)
   

St. Theodore of Sykeon was monk and bishop of Anastasiopolis in Galatia. From infancy he was so given to prayer that as a schoolboy he often deprived himself of food to spend time in church. At an early age he shut himself up, first in his mother's cellar and then in a cave under a disused chapel. The desire for isolation led him subsequently to live in a cave in a nearby mountain. He later assumed the monastic habit when on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and received ordination to the priesthood from his bishop. His life was extremely austere, living on vegetables, but of these he partook most sparingly, and wore an iron girdle about his body. He was endowed with the gifts of prophesy and of miracles including those of healing. He was consecrated bishop of Anastasiopolis, but after ten years succeeded in obtaining leave to life as a monk. At this time he was invited by the emperor and the patriarch to visit Constantinople where he miraculously cured the emperor's son of elephantiasis. He returned to Sykeon where he died on May 18, 613.

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