Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints: Saint Macarius

[Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints - Saint Macarius]Perseverance In Well-doing – Saint Macarius was born at Alexandria, in 306, of poor pagan parents, and only received the grace of baptism when he had reached his thirtieth year. Having retired shortly after into the deserts of the Thebaid, then peopled with a multitude of coenobites, he learned in their school how to practice the rigours of a penitent life, and lived in the practice thereof to the age of ninety-nine. God permitted the fiend of darkness to put the virtue of the saint to a multitude of trials. Discouragement took possession of his soul; the pleasures of the world Hashed before his eyes like alluring shadows; the vivacity of his disposition inclined him to frequent outbreaks of impatience; but he knew how to quell the temptation, or to chastise his body whenever he thought he had given way. What is related of his austerities almost surpasses belief. Having become a priest, he had the honour to suffer persecution for the Faith, and to become one of its fervent apostles. The blessed Saviour appeared to him and conferred on him the gift of miracles.

Moral Reflection – Never let us be cast down or conquered by temptations; let us look upon them as trials which hollow virtue, bearing ever in mind that the Saviour has promised salvation to all who persevere. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.” - Matthew 24:13

- from Pictorial Half Hours with the Saints, by Abbe Auguste Fran├žois Lecanu, 1865