Saint for the Day - January 15 - St. Paul, the
St. Paul was born in
Upper Egypt, about the year 230, and became an
orphan at the age of fifteen. He was very rich and
highly educated. Fearing lest the tortures of a
terrible persecution might endanger his Catholic
perseverance, he retired into a remote village. But
his pagan brother-in-law denounced him, and St.
Paul, rather than remain where his faith was in
danger, entered the barren desert, trusting that God
would supply his wants.
And his confidence was rewarded; for on the spot to
which Providence led him he found the fruit of the
palm-tree for food, and its leaves for clothing, and
the water of a spring for drink. His first design
was to return to the world when the persecution was
over; but, tasting great delights in prayer and
penance, he remained the rest of his life, ninety
years, in penance, prayer, and contemplation.
God revealed his existence to St. Antony, who sought
him for three days. Seeing a thirsty she-wolf run
through an opening in the rocks, Antony followed her
to look for water, and found Paul. They knew each
other at once, and praised God together.
When St. Antony visited him, a raven brought him a
loaf, and St. Paul said, "See how good God is! For
sixty years this bird has brought me half a loaf
every day; now thou art come, Christ has doubled the
provision for His servants." Having passed the night
in prayer, at dawn of day Paul told Antony that he
was about to die, and asked to be buried in the
cloak given to Antony by St. Athanasius.
Antony hastened to fetch it, and on his way back saw
Paul rise to heaven in glory. He found his dead body
kneeling as if in prayer, and two lions came and dug
his grave. Paul died in his one hundred and
Saint for the Day - St. Paul, the First Hermit
Read about the Saint for today - January 15 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
We shall never repent of having
trusted in God, for He cannot
fail those who lean on Him; nor
shall We ever trust in ourselves
without being deceived.
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