Sunday, January 17, 2010

St. Anthony the Abbot (250 to 356)

So many times I've chosen to run away from my fears and disappointments. Yet, for St. Anthony the Abbot, when he lived his hermit life, he was forced to face such things. And, as hard as the devil tried to tempt him, it didn't work and St. Anthony the Abbot became all the more stronger.
He was born in Egypt in 250. At age 35, St. Anthony the Abbot made his home on a mountaintop in the desert where he stayed for 20 years. He later established the first Christian monastery in Fayum and another one in Pispir.
From 312 until his death in 356, St. Anthony the Abbot lived in a cave on Mt. Kolzim with one of his disciples. He is the patron saint of eczema and epilepsy. His feast day is Jan. 17.

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