Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Hospitus, Hermit

Pictorial Lives of the Saints illustration of Saint Hospitius of Cap Saint HospiceEntry

A native of Gaul, named Hospitus, having made a journey to Egypt, was so enamored with the life of the solitaries of the Thebaid that he returned to a secluded spot near Nice, and there shut himself up in a deserted tower. Devoted to manual labor and prayer, he spent fifteen years in the severest penance; and in return for the mats which he made, the country people brought him the scanty supply of food and water of which he partook. The gift of prophecy was bestowed upon him, and he foretold the approaching irruption of the Lombards. When his prediction was realized, and one of the soldiers entered the cell of Hospitus and uplifted his arm to strike the helpless recluse, the arm of the ruffian at once withered up, and was only restored to its functions by the prayers of the hermit. This miracle converted the soldier, and led him also to embrace the life of an anchorite. Hospitus died in his tower in the year 581.

Do thou, then, breathe those thoughts into my mind
By which such virtue may in me be bred
That in thy holy footsteps I may tread.
    – from the Italian of Michael Angelo Buonarotti

Favorite Practice – “Do good to them that hate you.”

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Hospitus, Hermit”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 April 2021. Web. 9 May 2021. <>