O Blessed Father, Saint John I was a pope given difficult tasks by the ruler of Italy, and he tried hard to serve both his Church and his king in a holy manner. He successfully negotiated with the enemy to prevent war, and he reconciled the Western and Eastern Churches, but the paranoid king imprisoned him and starved him to death. I request his prayers concerning the people who make my life difficult, especially those who hold positions of authority over me. Teach me how to serve humbly, avoid arguments, and accept mistreatments with courage and dignity. Help me to carry my crosses. Saint John I, pray for us. Amen.
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