One day, during his time living in a cave above a lake as a hermit, the Devil presented Benedict’s imagination with a beautiful, tempting woman. Benedict resisted by rolling his body into a thorn bush until it was covered in scrapes. Through this physical penance and mortification, he was able to heal his soul. This shows that we can discipline our bodies, wills, and souls to be pure and good. Benedict didn’t blame his temptation on the figure of the woman but on himself for seeing her in that way. He then disciplined himself to overcome this failing.
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