Saint for the Day - May 14 - St. Pachomius
In the beginning of the
fourth century great levies of troops were made
throughout Egypt for the service of the Roman
emperor. Among the recruits was Pachomius, a young
heathen, then in his twenty-first year. On his way
down the Nile he passed a village, whose inhabitants
gave him food and money. Marvelling at this
kindness, Pachomius was told they were Catholics,
and hoped for a reward in the life to come. He then
prayed God to show him the truth, and promised to
devote his life to His service.
On being discharged, he returned to a Catholic
village in Egypt, where he was instructed and
baptized. Instead of going home, he sought Palemon,
an aged solitary, to learn from him a perfect life,
and with great joy embraced the most severe
austerities. Their food was bread and water, once a
day in summer, and once in two days in winter;
sometimes they added herbs, but mixed ashes with
them. They only slept one hour each night, and this
short repose Pachomius took sitting upright without
support. Three times God revealed to him that he was
to found a religious order at Tabenna; and an angel
gave him a rule of life. Trusting in God, he built a
monastery, although he had no disciples; but vast
multitudes soon flocked to him, and he trained them
in perfect detachment from creatures and from self.
One day a monk, by dint of great exertions,
contrived to make two mats instead of the one which
was the usual daily task, and set them both out in
front of his cell, that Pachomius might see how
diligent he had been. But the Saint, perceiving the
vainglory which had prompted the act, said, "This
brother has taken a great deal of pains from morning
till night to give his work to the devil" Then, to
cure him of his delusion, Pachomius imposed on him
as a penance to keep his cell for five months and to
taste no food but bread and water. His visions and
miracles were innumerable, and he read all hearts.
His holy death occurred in 348.
Saint for the Day - St. Pachomius
Read about the Saint for today - May 14 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"To live in great simplicity,"
said St. Pachomius, "and in a
wise ignorance, is exceeding
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