Catholic Encyclopedia – Macarius the Alexandrian

[Saint Macarius of Alexandria]Article

Also called ho politikos either in reference to his city birth or polished manners; died about 405. He was a younger contemporary of Macarius the Egyptian, but there is no reason for confounding or identifying him with his older namesake. More than any of the hermits of the time he exemplified the spirit of emulation characteristic of this stage of monasticism. He would be excelled by none in his austerities. Palladius asserts “if he ever heard of any one having performed a work of asceticism, he was all on fire to do the same”. Because the monks of Tabennisi eschewed cooked food in Lent he abstained for seven years. Once, in expiation of a fault, he lay for six months in a morass, exposed to the attacks of the African gnats, whose sting can pierce even the hide of a wild boar. When he returned to his companions he was so much disfigured that he could be recognized only by his voice. He is credited with the composition of a rule for monks, though his authorship is now generally denied.

MLA Citation

  • Patrick Healy. “Macarius the Alexandrian”. Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 16, 1914. Saints.SQPN.com. 15 October 2010. Web. 17 September 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/catholic-encyclopedia-macarius-the-alexandrian/>