Friday, March 27, 2009


Some demons once came neaer Arsenius in his cell, and they were troubling him. Then some brothers who usually ministered to him arrived. As they stood outside the cell, they heard him crying aloud to the Lord, "Lord, do not leave me, though I have done nothing good in your sight. Grant me, Lord, by your loving kindness, to make at least the first beginnings of good."

The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Grunewald; 1515. Panel from the Isenheim altarpiece: oil on wood; Musee d'Unterlinden, Colmar

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