December 15 – Stephen of Surozh; Virginia Centurione Bracelli

Stephen of Surozh (VIII cent.) was born in Cappadocia (“docile cap”) to Christian parents. From an early age he shunned the pastimes of your ordinary, not-destined-to-become-a-saint lads (football, motocross, Dragon Ball-Z marathons), preferring instead to read Scripture. At fifteen he ran away to Constantinople to pursue an education in philosophy. Patriarch (Saint) Germanus took him… Continue reading December 15 – Stephen of Surozh; Virginia Centurione Bracelli