When St. John said his first Mass, God showed him that he was to spend his life working to free Christians held as slaves by the Moslems. He founded an Order of priests called Trinitarians to help him in this mission. St. John's work was blessed by God, and many Christians were freed. Their Moslem owners were very angry with John. But he was not afraid. In fact, he would have liked nothing better than to die a martyr.
Once, when he was going from Africa to Rome, the Moslems tried to sink the ship on which he was traveling. Holding a Crucifix in his hands, John knelt on the deck and began to pray. Soon the ship reached Rome, unharmed! St. John died two years later.
By often thinking of the great charity of St. John and his priests, we will find it much easier to do good deeds to our neighbor.
A coloring picture can be found below.