Category Archives: St. John the Dwarf

Born: c. 339, Basta, Egypt
Reposed: c. 405, Mount Colzim, Egypt
Feast: 9 November

St. John the Dwarf: Who sold Joseph?

Patriarch Joseph“Abba John said, ‘Who sold Joseph?’ A brother replied saying, ‘It was his brethren.’ The old man said to him, ‘No, it was his humility which sold him, because he could have said, “I am their brother” and have objected, but, because he kept silence, he sold himself by his humility. It is also his humility which set him up as chief in Egypt.'”

+ St. John the Dwarf from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

St. John the Dwarf: You know that the first blow the devil gave to Job . . .

Icon of St. John the Short“You know that the first blow the devil gave to Job was through his possessions; and he saw that he had not grieved him nor separated him from God. With the second blow, he touched his flesh, but the brave athlete did not sin by any word that came out of his mouth in that either. In fact, he had within his heart that which is of God, and he drew on that source unceasingly.”

+ St. John the Dwarf, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

St. John the Dwarf: Even if we are entirely despised in the eyes of men . . .

Icon of St. John the Dwarf“Even if we are entirely despised in the eyes of men, let us rejoice that we are honoured in the sight of God.”

— St. John the Dwarf to his brother (Daniel), The Sayings of the Desert Fathers