Butler’s Lives of the Saints – Saint Thalilaeus, a Cilician, Recluse in Syria

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He lived a recluse on a mountain in Syria, and shut himself up ten years in an open cage of wood. Theodoret asked him why he had chosen so singular a practice? The penitent answered: “I punish my criminal body, that God seeing my affliction for my sins, may be moved to pardon them, and to deliver me from, or at least to mitigate, the excessive torments of the world to come, which I have deserved.” John Mosch in the Spiritual Meadow, relates that Thalilaeus, the Cilician, spent sixty years in an ascetic life, weeping almost without intermission; and that he used to say to those who came to him: “Time is allowed us by the divine mercy for repentance and satisfaction, and wo to us if we neglect it.”

MLA Citation

  • Father Alban Butler. “Saint Thalilaeus, a Cilician, Recluse in Syria”. Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints, 1866. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 February 2013. Web. 19 November 2018. <>