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Perhaps his hunger strike led to this decision. In any case, his freedom made his second demand irrelevant; Eusebius reestablished himself at hospitium one. Phase Three: Order Restored Stage 8: Charity Resumes Once reunited, Eusebius and his clergy revived their support of the poor. 2). 3). 3). 4). 4). 5). 2). He must have learned of Eusebius’s whereabouts and made his way to him. In Syrus’s presence, Eusebius wrote ep. 2, in which he embedded a copy of the note he sent to Patrophilus. 2). 1 [CCL 9:105, 107]), Eusebius alludes to a four-day span of time in which his keepers allowed no visitors.

Egyptian monastic literature demonstrates that the physicality of space had spiritual significance for monks, especially in their pursuit of union with God. Within these spaces the monks adopted a particular set of exercises, their praxis, for retraining their hearts and minds. 17 Monastic adherence to and acceptance of the cell’s importance was essential for making progress. The longer one remained within, the greater the cell’s locative value. The collective memory was thereby defined by specific behaviors—while inside the cell, a monk weaved baskets, braided rope, recited prayers, and offered hospitality.

Then a demon visited him and confessed his victory over him, as he was the cause for the monk’s abandonment of the cell. With this admission, Nathaniel vowed to return to his previous residence and embrace a stronger selfdiscipline. To spite the demon, as Palladius writes, Nathaniel refused to cross the threshold of his residence for thirty-seven years. Palladius also notes that, according to his guides, Nathaniel was peculiar because of his very long interment in the cell. As a testament to his convictions, Nathaniel refused to go outside his cell even to help a boy who had fallen.

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