He always fed on spiritual food which came through [[prayer]] which also kept his thoughts pure. Through his asceticism, he gained a deeper connection with God. He had the gift of foresight, and by the grace of the [[Holy Spirit|Spirit]], he received the gift of miracles.
His contemporary St. [[
w:Mar Awgin|Eugene (Augin)]] was a native of Egypt, who later retreated to [[w:Mount Izla|Mount Izla]] near Nisibis, in order to do his missionary work there. At that time, there were many heathens and [[Marcionism|Marcionists]] and the fear of God was lost by many. Together, these two great saints worked many miracles and healings, and they [[Baptism|baptized]] many who professed the true faith.