Egyptian hermit also called "Macarius of Egypt" or "the Elder." He was born in Upper Egypt, and went to the desert of Skete, where he was falsely accused of assaulting a woman, but was proven innocent. He was ordained and served as a counselor for thousands. An enemy of Arianism, Macanus was exiled to a small island in the Nile with Macarus the Younger by Lucius of Alexandria. a heretic of the era. Eventually he returned to the desert, and Macanus, considered the pioneering hermit, spent six decades in the wilderness.
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... continue readingMore Female Saints
When Sulpicius Severus first met Martin of Tours he was stunned. Not only did the bishop offer him hospitality at his residence -- a monk's cell in the wilderness instead of a palace -- but Martin ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar