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Lives of the Saints:

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Saint Porphyry of Gaza (347–420)

Saint Porphyry of Gaza (347–420)

Feast day: February 26

Saint Porphyry of Gaza was a fourth-century Macedonian who was a hermit by the Jordan River. When he inherited some money, he gave it all away to the poor, went to work as a shoemaker in the great vast teeming city of Jerusalem, and was so admired for his spiritual honesty that he was ordained and made a bishop “very much against his wishes.” He finished his days as bishop of Gaza, and he made a regular practice of kneeling in prayer on Calvary. (From Saints Passionate and Peculiar [Saint Mary’s Press]) (Image in public domain-70)