A brother who had renounced the world and distributed his goods to the poor but kept back a little for himself visited Abba Antony. When the elder learned this, he said to him, ‘If you want to become a monk, go to such and such village, buy some meat, and put it on your naked body; then come here like that.’ When the brother did that, the dogs and birds tore his flesh. When he came back to the elder, he inquired whether it had happened as he had counseled. The other showed his lacerated body, and Abba Antony said, ‘They who have renounced the world and want to have money are cut up like this by the demons who are making war on them.’

[6.1,The Book of the Elders]

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