St. Anthony of the Desert & Rule 12

Witnesses to this truth abound in the tradition. St. Athanasius, in his classic Life of St. Anthony, describes Anthony’s victories over temptation and then refers his words to the enemy: “You, then, are much to be despised, for you are black of mind, and like a powerless child. From now on, you cause me no anxiety, for the Lord is my helper, and I shall look upon my enemies [Ps 117:7]. Hearing these words, the black one immediately fled, cowering at the words and afraid even to approach the man” (pg. 35).

Gallagher, Timothy M.. Setting Captives Free (p. 209). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

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