ST. BARADAT, C.
HE lived in the same diocese, in a solitary hut,
made of wood in trellis, like windows, says Theodoret,* exposed to
all the severities of the weather. He was clothed with the skins of
wild beasts, and by conversing continually with God, he attained to
an eminent degree of wisdom, and knowledge of heavenly things. He
left his wooden prison by the order of the patriarch of Antioch,
giving a proof of his humility by his ready obedience. He studied to
imitate all the practices of penance, which all the other solitaries
of those parts exercised, though of a tender constitution himself.
The fervor of his soul, and the fire of divine love, supported him
under his incredible labors though his body was weak and infirm. It
is sloth that makes us so often allege a pretended weakness of
constitution, in the practice of penance and the exercises of
devotion, which courage and fervor would not even feel. See
Theodoret, Phil. c. 22, t. 3, p. 868, and c. 27.