This post is dedicated to the people of Turkey and Syria suffering due to the destruction and death caused by the 6 February 2023 earthquakes. Through the intercession of St. Paul, St. Timothy, the Cappadocian Fathers, St. Simeon Stylites, and all the other Heroes and Martyrs of our Faith who called Turkey and Syria their home, we ask our Lord Jesus Christ to grant those suffering His peace and strength during this terrible time. Amen.
Note from the Author: Copy/paste GPS Coordinates listed below into Google Maps to see or travel to each location.
Father J. and I set out early from Iconium (Konya) to the next stop on St. Paul’s First Missionary Journey: Lystra, the home of St. Timothy. (GPS Coordinates: 37°36’5.08″N, 32°20’19.93″E)
The letters to Timothy in the Bible were written by St. Paul to St. Timothy of Lystra. Timothy’s pious mother, Eunice, was a Jew who had converted to Christianity and his father was a…