— The First Hermit
This saint was very rich and highly educated. During the persecution of Christians he went to the desert trusting that Divine Providence would supply his temporal needs. His confidence was not misplaced. He lived to be 90 years old, subsisting on the
simple diet of food to be found on an oasis. He spent his time in penance and prayer.
The just shall flourish like the palm tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus; planted in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of God. — Introit, Psalm 91
The Imitation of Christ
Oh, how great is the abundance of Thy sweetness, O Lord, which Thou hast hidden for those that fear! But what art Thou to those that love Thee? What to those that love Thee with their whole heart?
An example of the kind of man of whom the world says “He buried all his talent becoming a monk,” this said St. Paul [who] arrived at sanctity in the directly opposite manner to his namesake, the Apostle of the Gentiles.
Different people have different natures, different dispositions, that is; but each person has the correct disposition for sanctity; all that is necessary is for the individual to use what gifts he has in doing his several duties well, one at a time.
Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.