Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summer Saints

Saint Onophrius by Master Darmsatdter circa 1460

Some of the saints went around naked - in summer and winter.  They were usually termed 'Fools for Christ' and their nakedness was penitential, an expression of extreme humility - and of course, poverty.

Today is the feast of St. Onuphrius the Great, a desert father saint.  He was quite hairy, and a bit more modest, since he also wore a loin cloth made of leaves.  Some saints didn't, but I doubt they would be a temptation against chastity for anyone.

Onuphrius, Macarius, and Peter

Basil the Fool

Mary of Egypt

Francis of Assisi

Brother Juniper, who gave his tunic to a beggar.

'Nude Beach' - T. Nelson

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