Today's Saint (January 15): Paul, the First Hermit
To spend one's life in solitude, meditating on the Truth of the gospel and the Divinity of Christ, is both a high calling and the life of Saint Paul the First Hermit.
He is traditionally known as the first Christian hermit, and according to Saint Jerome's Vita Pauli, fled into the desert and lived in a cave during the Decian persecution of 249-51. He died around 340.
Saint Paul is an example of one, as the day's epistle puts it, who counted "all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord."
Would that we all embrace this calling in life - to put Jesus Christ above all things. (propers on page E15, People's Anglican Missal)
Books Worth Considering
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church