February 9: St Maroun
St. Maroun embraced the quiet solitude of the mountain life. He lived his life in open air exposed to the forces of nature such as sun, rain, hail and snow. His extraordinary desire to come to know God’s presence in all things allowed St. Maroun to transcend such forces and discover that intimate union with God. He was able to free himself from the physical world by his passion and fervour for prayer and enter into a mystical relationship of love with God.
PRAYER TO BE CALM
O Holy Saint of the open sky,
the light of Christ’s teachings
gave you strength and perseverance
to resist the adverse elements.
Your example gives me inner strength
to manage my weakness.
Most supreme of the hermits,
who like trees adorned with leaves afford comforting shade,
you give me shelter and refresh me.
As you stood firm as a cedar,
my shakiness is settled;
as you outstretched your arms like great branches,
I unwind my tension;
as you felt the fresh breeze against you,
I open my heart to the winds of God’s love.
St. Maroun, born in the middle of the 4th century in Syria, was a priest who later became a hermit, retiring to a mountain of Taurus in the region of Cyrrhus, near Antioch. His holiness and miracles attracted many followers, and drew attention throughout the empire. St. John Chrysostom sent him a letter around AD 405 expressing his great love and respect, and asking St. Maron to pray for him.