+ John became a monk of the monastery on Mount Sinai when he was sixteen and became a hermit about twenty years later
+ He was elected abbot of his former monastery when he was about seventy-five years old
+ Saint John is best known for his spiritual treatise The Ladder (Klimax) to Paradise. This book is considered one of the most influential books in the Eastern Church.
+ Saint John Climacus died around the year 605 and is one of the most honored saints of the monastic tradition.
The Jesus Prayer is often traced back to the teachings of Saint John Climacus because he is the first person to link the invocation of the Name of Jesus with each breath.
“Let the remembrance of Jesus be present with your every breath, and you will then understand the value of stillness.”—Saint John Climacus
Grant us, O Lord, that amid the uncertainties of this world we may cling with all our heart to the things of heaven, for through the Abbot blessed John Climacus you have given us a model of evangelical perfection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For an Abbot)