At the age of fifteen this saint broke all home ties and went to live in the desert with St. Anthony. The aim of his life was to do good to others and to remain unknown.
Beloved of God and of men, whose memory is in benediction — Epistle, Ecclesiasticus 14
The Imitation of Christ
It is a great honor, a great glory, to serve Thee, and to despise all things for Thee. For they who willingly subject them selves to Thy most holy service shall have great grace.
Only fifteen, and he left home to become a hermit. Ordinarily, we don’t mind doing great things once in a while, but we do want to get the credit for it, and we see to it that the world knows we have done this and that.
Just how many chances can you “sneak” today to do nice things for other people, for your parents first of all, without letting them know who did it?
When thou dost an almsdeed, stand not in the marketplace. — Our Lord