Featured Saint 6/06

St Simon the Stylite

Claim to fame: At age sixteen, he became a monk in the mountain of Antioch, and he led a great ascetic life in worship and prayer. An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and guided him in his monastic life to the life of St. Pachomius. He excelled in his worship to a level beyond the normal human level, so that he lived alone on a high place like a pillar, for 45 years, during which he ate grass.

Quote: “Sit in thy cell and thy cell will teach thee all.” – Abba Moses

Fun fact: Before St Simon was conceived, St John the Baptist appeared to his mother and told her what he would become.