God gave St. John a wonderful gift. This was the gift of bringing peace to people who were upset and tempted. Once there came to him a man who was having terrible temptations. He asked St. John to help him and told him how hard it was for him to fight these temptations. St. John invited him to pray with him to God. After they had prayed, peace filled the poor man’s soul and he was never again trouble with those temptations.
When the Saint was seventy-four years old, he was chosen Abbot of Mt. Sinai and Superior of all the monks and hermits in the country. Another abbot asked St. John, before his death, to write the rules which he lived by all his life, so that others could follow his example. With great humility St. John wrote the book called the Climax of Perfection. And that is why he is called “Climacus.”
It is very wise to keep a good book in our room and read from it a little bit each day.