Macarius the Great (Macarius of Egypt)

Macarius the Great (Macarius of Egypt)
Birth 300
Death 391

Ascetic hermit, pupil of Anthony the Great and alleged author of Fifty Spiritual Homilies – sermons on asceticism in the spiritual life of Christians and on signs of the Holy Spirit. He is the subject of innumerable legends. According to one such legend, he once stood in the dessert for six whole months, stark naked, in penitence for the vengeful and unchristian act of killing a flea that had bitten him. Others tell of Macarius resurrecting the dead in order to convert pagans and heretics.

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