Saint Marcian (d.387)

for November 2

Saint Marcian was a hermit in the fourth century. During that time, living the secluded, prayerful life of a hermit was very popular. Marcian lived in a tiny cell that was too small for him to stand up straight or lie down flat. He nourished his body with only what he needed to survive, mainly bread. Despite his peculiar ways, he drew in many followers who wanted to live by his prayerful example. He is celebrated for his holiness and miracles.

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Many of us are more focused on our material comforts than on our spiritual richness. Saint Marcian used his lack of comfort to enrich his faith. By living on the bare minimum, Saint Marcian could devote more time and energy to prayer and celebrating God's love. Do you devote too much of your time and energy to material comforts? Would living on less make you realize what is really important in life?


God of mercy, of course I want to stay on your good side, but I want to be comfortable too. Please help me to remember that all my successes are good as long as I keep my priorities straight, with you at the top of the list. (Taken from "Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.")