A Case of the Devil Outsmarting Himself

Kathleen Norris’s book, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith contains her reflections upon many of the primary themes in the Christian life by examining the words we use to talk about them. She shares the following story from the monks of the Egyptian desert in her brief chapter on angels.

To one of the brethren appeared a devil, transformed into an angel of light, who said to him, “I am the Angel Gabriel, and I have been sent to thee.” But the brother said, “Think again–you must have been sent to somebody else. I haven’t done anything to deserve an angel.” Immediately the devil ceased to appear.

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