Symeon was your typical kid in the Eastern Roman Empire in the late 4th and early 5th century. He was the son of shepherd. He lived in what is now the Turkish town of Kozan, then called Sis.
If you’re familiar with that part of Turkey, it is a stone’s throw from both the Mediterranean and Syria – and it is full of lush mountains and plateaus, perfect for shepherding. He surely tended the flocks with his father and brothers and other family members.
When he entered what was then considered early adulthood, that of being 13 years old, he developed a fascination with this fairly new, as far as world history is concerned, religious tradition sweeping the area. Christianity. His family was fairly lucky, being shepherds and mountain people in the 5th century.
He learned to read and came upon a curious piece of parchment from one of his teachers – a copy of the beatitudes. If the name beatitudes doesn’t ring a bell, I merely need to say “the meek shall inherit the earth” and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Read the rest of this entry »