Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Paula, Widow

Saint Paula of RomeEntry

Saint Paula was a wealthy widow of Rome in the fourth century. The learned Saint Jerome trained and directed her and her gifted daughter Eustochia in the practice of heroic virtue. After expending her income in works of charity, Paula retired from Rome to the Holy Land, and passed the remainder of her life in Palestine, devoting herself (and with her Eustochia) to prayer and meditation, and labors for the poor, in the very spots made sacred by the presence of her Lord and Saviour. Saint Paula ended her saintly career in 404.

And, following her beloved Lord,
  In decent poverty,
She makes her life one sweet record
  And deed of charity.
    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Favorite Practice – The Stations or Holy Way of the Cross

MLA Citation

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