Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January 15: Saint Paul the Hermit

St. Paul the Hermit
by Jusepe Ribera
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore


Paul was an Egyptian who was orphaned at the age of 15. Because he was a Christian when the emperor was trying to get rid of all the Jesus followers in Egypt, Paul went into hiding. Seven years later, his sister’s husband wanted to get all the land that Paul had inherited, so he told the soldiers where to find him. Paul escaped to the desert and found a cave to live in. But rather than feeling lonely, Paul found Jesus was with him all the time, and he grew in holiness.


It’s really, really easy to let ourselves get “too busy” to pray, read our Bibles or even think about holy things. A few days ago, Pope Francis tweeted, “The Lord is knocking at the door of our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying: ‘Do not disturb’?” Today, set aside some time just for Jesus.

Saint Paul the Hermit, pray for us!

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