A Word from the Desert
- Paphnutius his disciple (St. Macarius of Alexandria) told us, that one day a hyena took her whelp, which was blind, and brought it to Macarius. And having knocked with her head at the door of the enclosure, she entered, Macarius sitting outside (his cell), and threw the young one down at his feet. And he took it and spat on its eyes and prayed, and immediately it recovered its sight.
(Cf. Lk 18:43) And its mother having suckled it took it and went away. And on the next day she brought the saint the fleece of a large sheep.
Palladius, Lausiac History, Chapter 18