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The Temptations of Saint Anthony

St. Anthony the Legend and Mystique

Like promised in our last article we continue on the life of St. Anthony the Great.

The story of Saint Anthony is filled with legend and mystique. His biography tells that he had several encounters with the devil. The most known is the one where the devil kept untying the knots of his prayer rope which we already covered in our last article. But there are several more stories which we will cover in this article.

Salvador Dali’s – St. Anthony’s Temptations 1946

One of the other encounters was when Saint Anthony lived in the desert. The devil tried to afflict him with boredom and laziness. Tempting the Saint with phantoms of women. Through the power of prayer he overcame these temptations. This is a story that has been depicted many times in Christian Art.

After these temptations he moved to a secluded tomb where he locked himself in to devote himself fully to prayer and worship, only relying on some local villagers for food. The devil tormented the saint ones again now even more furious because of Saint Anthony’s strong devotion. He beat Saint Anthony leaving him battered and unconscious. His friends the local villagers found him and brought him to a church.

After he recoverd he returned to the desert to a far mountain by the Nile called Pispir. He

St. Antony’s Beasts – by Nikolaus Manuel 1520

lived in a old Roman fort were he stayed for 20 years. And again the devil fought Saint Anthony. This time he sent phantoms of wild beasts, wolves, lions, snakes and scorpions to ravage him. The Saint just laughed and said “If any of you have any authority over me, only one would have been sufficient to fight me.” After the Saint said these words all the phantoms disappeared. Again the strong Saint came out victorious.

Saint Anthony remained in the Roman fort for a long time not leaving his room. He did not allow anyone to enter. Whoever came to visit had to stand outside and listen to his advise.

This concludes this article on the legend and mystique. In our next article we will cover Saint Anthony’s return to the villagers after his long solitude in the Roman fort.

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You can read our final post on St. Anthony here: Saint Anthony’s later life

Did you know St. Anthony is the inventor of the Prayer Rope?

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  1. Dear St.Anthony, please help me. I’m on my knees, have tears in my eyes and am literally begging you from the bottom of my heart to please please fulfill my wishes. I love my friend with my whole heart and soul, and have lots of feelings for him, which I want him to have the same for me, infact more than me. I want him to only love me, not any other girl, and propose me for marriage, this year, as I want to have his children before I get my menopause, as I’m in my fortees. You know deep inside my heart how much I love him truly and faithfully. I want his love for me to flow effortlessly as the ocean flows to the shore 24/7. Please make him have lots of feelings and love in his heart for me and please bring him to me. I’m lost without him, and I need him badly. I’m dying to hear him say that he loves me, he can’t live without me and he wants to marry me.

    I can’t live without him, I’m in pain and am so restless. I only want him to be my beloved husband(my better half). Please do a miracle and please make this happen, only you can make things possible from impossible. I want to settle in life. I don’t know where to go and who to ask, besides you, please don’t turn away from me, my need you badly. Both my parents passed away. Please listen to my prayers and make this happen. Please have mercy on your child, I also want to be a Mother and have a family.

    Please make our life very blissful, fill it with love, joy, patience, and understanding. Bless me and my partner, so that we may never surrender to whatever challenges that comes our way. Fill our hearts with love for each other, and may you make each one of us realize each other’s worth. Please touch the heart of my partner, fill it with much love for me. Mother, only have me in his mind, I want him to always think of me. I want him to live with me, never leave me, till my last breath.

    Make our complicated relationship become uncomplicated. I seek for your mercy and blessings to make us spend the rest of our lives with each other, till my last breath. Please make this feelings for both of us. Always put us in each other’s heart and mind. Thank you for hearing my prayers. I also pray to St Jude-please lift up my prayer request to God-you being the saint of impossible causes, please bless us and make us husband and wife. Please also bless that our business prosper, so that we can expand. I also want us to have own home. St Anthony please help my sister to get a job, her company closed down recently, and she’s is looking for a job urgently. However, she has been interviewed, just waiting for an answer.Please help with that, St Anthony.

    St. Anthony please also give him and my family, long, healthy and wealthy life. Please remove all their sickness, disease and make them healthy. I also want him to listen to me, as I want him to give up, smoking, talking tobacco, and alcohol.

    Please also change my friend’s wife, so that she stops cheating her husband and her child, as she’s seeing and communicating with her lover discreetly. Please change her so that she does not have any more feelings, love or interest for her lover, nor she’ll communicate or contact him anymore, infact, she should only love, serve and be truthful and a dutiful mother and wife to her husband and her child, and please make her reside to another country with her family forever.

    Same goes with her lover, he should not have any more feelings, love or interest for her, nor he’ll communicate or call her anymore. Please make his mind totally blank of her.

    Please don’t let the family fall apart, as the child loves her parents immensely and he loves his wife too.

    Please help to solve this St. Anthony


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