Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Macarius, Hermit

illustration of Saint Macarius the Younger; from 'Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints'Entry

Saint Macarius was born at Alexandria in 306. His parents were poor pagans, and he was not baptized a Christian until he had attained his thirtieth year. Shortly after that event he retired into the deserts of the Thebaid, and lived there the life of a most austere cenobite until he was ninety-nine years old. God permitted him to be tried by a multitude of violent temptations; but, overcoming the snares of the demon by the arms of prayer and penance, he had the honor, at last, to suffer persecution for the faith, and became one of its fervent apostles.

Tis not Thy promised heavenly reward
  Attracts me, O my God, to love of Thee:
Nor am I moved from sin’s reproach to flee
  By fear of its eternal fierce award.

Cardinal Wiseman

Favorite Practice – A humble perseverance in prayer under temptation and trial.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Macarius, Hermit”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 21 September 2021. <>