Saint January 15 : Saint Paul the Hermit - the 1st Hermit who was Fed Daily by a Bird and Died at 112 Years Old
Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age 15. He was also a learned and devout young man. During the persecution of Decius in Egypt in the year 250, Paul was forced to hide in the home of a friend. Fearing a brother-in-law would betray him, he fled in a cave in the desert.
When a young man of sixteen Paul fled into the desert of the Thebaid during the Decian persecution. He lived in a cave in the mountain-side till he was one-hundred-and-thirteen. The mountain, adds St. Jerome, was honeycombed with caves. His plan was to return once the persecution ended, but the sweetness of solitude and heavenly contemplation convinced him to stay.
St. Paul asked St. Anthony to fetch the cloak given him by "Athanasius the bishop" to bury his body in it. St. Paul died before he returned.