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Michelangelo's first painting, the Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1488

Michelangelo's first painting, the Torment of Saint Anthony, c. 1488

THE GATES OF PARADISE - Taken from the Made in Ethiopia Series ©2007/2000et. By Abba Yahudah www.abbayahudah.com

THE GATES OF PARADISE - Taken from the Made in Ethiopia Series ©2007/2000et. By Abba Yahudah www.abbayahudah.com

Russian icon of the Virgin Mary

Russian icon of the Virgin Mary

3/29/2012 "A small but persistent discipline is a great force; for a soft drop falling persistently, hollows out hard rock." ~ St. Isaac the Syrian

3/29/2012 "A small but persistent discipline is a great force; for a soft drop falling persistently, hollows out hard rock." ~ St. Isaac the Syrian

Paul of Thebes’ (3rd cent) relatives planned to turn him in for being Christian and steal his inheritance. He went to the wilderness and lived in a cave 91 years. A raven brought him dates and bread. Shortly before his death, Saint Anthony the Great visited him prompted by a vision. The raven brought both bread. Paul asked Anthony to bury him, as he would die. While they prayed, Anthony saw Paul’s soul ascend to God. Two lions came from the wilderness and dug the grave. Paul had been 113…

Paul of Thebes’ (3rd cent) relatives planned to turn him in for being Christian and steal his inheritance. He went to the wilderness and lived in a cave 91 years. A raven brought him dates and bread. Shortly before his death, Saint Anthony the Great visited him prompted by a vision. The raven brought both bread. Paul asked Anthony to bury him, as he would die. While they prayed, Anthony saw Paul’s soul ascend to God. Two lions came from the wilderness and dug the grave. Paul had been 113…

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