On one occasion barbarians attacked Sinai and
took Theodulus prisoner. Luckily, this ordeal did not last
very long as Theodulus, together with the other prisoners,
were sold in a town called Eluz where many Christians lived.
The Bishop of this town paid for his release and Theodulus
returned to his beloved Sinai desert.
Blessed Nilus lived around 60 years in the
desert before reposing in the year 450.
Among his many works are: "On Prayer,"
"Thoughts That Lead Away From the Corruptible," "On the
Eight Spirits of Evil." The latter work reveals sequentially
the eight basic passions that afflict the spirit of each and
every one of us: gluttony, carnal lust, love of money,
anger, sorrow, despondency, vanity and pride. Knowing the
features of these passions makes it easier to recognize them
within oneself and, consequently, begin to oppose them.