Book of Saints – James the Hermit – 28 January


(Saint) (January 28) (6th century) A Syrian Solitary of the sixth century who passed fifteen years in a cave on a slope of Mount Carmel in exercises of penance and fervent piety; but from over-trust in himself, at the end of that period, yielded to the temptations of the flesh, and fell into heinous sins, incurring even the guilt of homicide. Yet God’s mercy came to him as to King David; and for the ten years he survived, repentant and humbled, he ceased not to deplore the evil that he had done. He redoubled his austerities, and in the end attained to true and high sanctity, to which many miracles bore witness.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “James the Hermit”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 October 2013. Web. 20 February 2019. <>