Throughout history the question of what it is that makes a strong and faithful Christian has often been asked. One of the many conclusions that has been reached is that a person who has not experienced poverty or misfortune cannot be a strong and faithful Christian. This view can be reinforced through the views of St. Antony, Augustine, and St. Patrick as they discuss their experiences with the Christian faith. Saint Antony was born into a prosperous family and had a childhood of affluence. However, he found that he was satisfied with that was before him, and did not seek pleasures other than what he had. At a young age Antony decided to give away all of his possessions to both the poor and needy, keeping only a few items for his sister. HE found that he was able to devote himself to discipline—“All the desire and all the energy he possessed concerned the exertion of discipline.” (4) Over time he found that the Devil would try to tempt him with “memories of his possessions…love of money and glory, [and] the pleasure manifold of food,”
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