Saint for the Day - March 16 - Sts. Abraham and
Abraham was a rich
nobleman of Edessa. At his parentsí desire he
married, but escaped to a cell near the city as soon
as the feast was over. He walled up the cell-door,
leaving only a small window through which he
received his food. There for fifty years he sang
God's praises and implored mercy for himself and for
all men. The wealth which fell to him on his
parentsí death he gave to the poor.
As many sought him for advice and consolation, the
Bishop of Edessa, in spite of his humility, ordained
him priest. St. Abraham was sent, soon after his
ordination, to an idolatrous city which had hitherto
been deaf to every messenger. He was insulted,
beaten, and three times banished, but he returned
each time with fresh zeal. For three years he
pleaded with God for those souls, and in the end
prevailed. Every citizen came to him for Baptism.
After providing for their spiritual needs he went
back to his cell more than ever convinced of the
power of prayer. His brother died, leaving an only
daughter, Mary, to the Saint's care. He placed her
in a cell near his own, and devoted himself to
training her in perfection. After twenty years of
innocence she fell, and fled in despair to a distant
city, where she drowned the voice of conscience in
The Saint and his friend St. Ephrem prayed earnestly
for her during two years. Then he went disguised to
seek the lost sheep, and had the joy of bringing her
back to the desert a true penitent. She received the
gift of miracles, and her countenance after death
shone as the sun. St. Abraham died five years before
her, about 360. All Edessa came for his last
blessing and to secure his relics.
Saint for the Day - Sts. Abraham and Mary
Read about the Saint for today - March 16 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Oh, that we realized the
omnipotence of prayer! Every
soul was created to glorify God
eternally; and it is in the
power of every one to add by the
salvation of his neighbor to the
glory of God. Let us make good
use of this talent of prayer,
lest our brother's blood be
required of us at the last.
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