The loss was devastating.
They decided to dedicate themselves totally to God. They gave away their wealth and withdrew to the monastic life.
The father, however, was not destined for a quiet life of prayer and solitude. He was pressured to become a priest and later to became a bishop.
As bishop he would serve the people of his diocese for more than 20 years. He became known for his writing, for his holiness, and for his devotion to the saints.
It was no surprise that when he died, he was recognized as a saint himself by everyone, including his sometime pen pal, St. Augustine.
St. Paulinus, native of Bordeaux, died in his adopted town and diocese of Nola (near Naples) 1578 years ago today.
(adapted from an earlier post)