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This holy bishop, (Spyridon) says Sozomen, had accustomed himself to bestow part of the produce of his lands on the
and to lend without interest to others who had occafion to borrow. When any perfons came to him for this purpose, he shewed them the storehouse, and bid them take what they would. When they brought again what they had borrowed, he desired them to place it where they had taken it from. A man coming one day pretending to return what he had borrowed, Spyridon bid him put it into the store house; but instead of fo doing he carried if away with him. In a little time after comes the same person to borrow fome corn: the bifhop said he might go and take it; but the man finding none in the store-house, ac quainted Spyridon therewith ; upon which this holy man said to him, I am surprised that you only should find the store-house empty: reflect with yourself; have you not neglected to restore what you borrowed? foc unless this had happened, you could not have failed to have found what you wanted. Have faith in God, and you will find what
you fought for. The man, being greatly surprised at this discovery, acknowledged his fault and asked pardon * TASR
EVAGRIUS gailis * Sozomen, 1. i. c. xi,
1.vid pinigu I 4
EVAGRIUS, among other miracles performed by a monk named Zofimas, reports the following: This holy man going one day to Cæfarea, and leading an ass which carried his baggage, met a lion who ran away with the ass. Zojimas followed him into a neighbouring forest, and when the lion had eaten the ass, the monk thus expostulated with the lion : I cannot, said the saint, proceed in my journey, for I am neither young enough, nor strong enough to carry my baggage : you must therefore, for a little time, lay afide your natural fierceness, and carry my luggage. Accordingly the lion immediately fawned upon him, in such a manner as thewed that he offered his service. Zofimas then placed his baggage upon the lion's back, and led him to the
gates of Cæfarea The fame author tells us, that the following miracle happened during the time in which Epiphanius was bishop of Conftan. tinople. A custom had been long observed in this city, that when a large quantity of consecrated bread remained after the communicants had been served, some children were sent for from the schools to eat it: among these there happened to be the son of a glass maker, who was a few. This boy going home that day later than usual, and his father asking the cause of it, the boy told him he had been at church with other children, and what he had eaten. The father in a violent rage immediately threw the child into the furnace in which he melted bis glass. The mother missing her son, and not being able to find him, ran up and down the streets filling the air with her lamentations: but three days after, calling for her son at the door of the glass-house, she heard him answer ; when forcing her way in, she found him standing upright in the midst of the furnace, the fire having done him no harm. And when she inquired of the boy by what means he was preserved from the flames, he answered, that he had been several times visited by a lady dressed in purple robes, who brought him water which extinguished the fire wherewith he was surrounded, and also that the had given him food'.
asking k Evagrius, l. iv. C. 7.
O these miracles, related as certain
truths by some of the most ancient and most admired church-historians, I shall add a few passages of the same nature from the lives of saints, and begin with that of R. 2
!!! : *** 1 Ibid. c. XXXYI. 27":
St. Antony ", written by St. Athanafius, who declares, that what he wrote was either from his own knowledge, (for he had often seen him). or from the information of Antony's fervant, who had lived long with him; and that through the whole he had paid a strict regard to truth. Notwithstanding which, this life of Antony consists principally in most monstrous accounts of the many outward and bodily conflicts between the faint and the devil, in which tho' the former fometimes got the victory, yet for the most part he was cruelly whipped, beat, and bruised by the latter, who appeared outwardly and visibly in great variety of shapes; particularly as a moft beautiful woman, as a black boy, as a terrible, tall, deformed personage, reaching up to the clouds, and gnashing his teeth. We are likewife told, that this holy man was attacked by a huge company of devils, who" transformed " themselves into the shapes of all sorts of “ beasts, lions, bears, leopards, bulls, ferpents,
asps, scorpions, and wolves; every one of “ which moved and acted agreeably to the “ creatures they represented; **** so that “ Antony was most grievously tortured and " mangled by them." However, at last, our author tells us, “ the Lord came to the faint's help; for as Antony looked up,
m Antony was born about the year 250,
e roof of the cell was as it were opened, and “ there appeared a beam of light shooting “ down as it were towards him, where
upon the devils straitway became speech“ less ; Antony's pain also presently ceafed, " and the roof closed again.” After this, , the faint sharply expoftulated with his deliverer in these words: “ Where waft thou « before? Why didst thou not appear at first " to assuage my pain? A voice then faid “ unto him, Antony, I was here; but I waited " to see thy behaviour under this tryal : and s since thou hast valiantly gone through it, “ and haft not been conquered, I will always “ be thy helper, and make thee famous in • all places.” The rest of this faint's life principally consists in accounts of his knowing people's thoughts, what they intended to do, tho’ at many leagues distance from him ; his miraculously curing diseases; casting out devils, and behaving and acting like a mad
Yet St. Auftin appears to be greatly affected with reading these lying wonders: for he says of himfelf and Alipius, Stupebamus audientes, &C. “ We were astonished to “ heat such marvelous things, so fresh in
memory, and which happened almost in « our own times h.
St. Aug. 1. viii. confeff. c. vi.