November of the Soul

May 31, 2011

Death by lion was the easy way out compared to the chosen fate of St. Simeon Stylites, who is said to have stood on a sixty-foot pillar near Antioch for thirty years, exposed to wind, rain and snow. For one of those years he stood on one leg while the other was covered in hideous ulcers. His biographer was delegated to retrieve the worms that fell from St. Simeon’s body and to replace them in his open sores, as the saint urged the worms, ‘Eat what God has given you.'”

-p. 153


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