Saint Days: St. Pachomius the Great, Abbot of Tabennisi
Pachomius the Great (292-348) was an important figure in the monastics movement in the early church and a contemporary of Anthony of Egypt. At age 21, he was conscripted into the Roman military. Through his service, he encountered Egyptian Christians whose admirable conduct caused him to investigate and subsequently convert to Christianity.
He embraced an ascetic lifestyle and became a monastic. He established his first monastery at Tabennisi sometime between 318-323. Pachomius' monastery was unique because it was one of the first where monks lived together rather than as hermits. Members of the community referred to him as "Abba" (which means "father) which is where the monastic title Abbot originates.
Fun fact about Pachomius. In 333, Athanasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, tried to ordain Pachomius but Pachomius fled.
Pachomius' ascetic philosophy lives on in the book Asceitca which was penned by Basil of Caesarea, a work comparable to the Rule of St. Benedict.
"A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." -St. Basil
Let us remember Pachomius in our prayers today:
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Pachomius, may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.