Anthony of Egypt

January 17

When St. Anthony was twenty years old, his parents died and left him a sprawling estate and a younger sister to care for. This he did, until one Sunday he heard Matthew 19:21 spoken at Mass. Upon hearing the words "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me" (NRSV), Anthony decided to take the words of Jesus literally. He sold the estate and gave the money to the needy, and entrusted the care of his sister to a convent. He then went off to pursue this perfection.

Anthony moved to a hut outside of town to escape the temptations of city life, and to seek the solitude that was so important to his well being. When too many people began to visit him and seek his wisdom, he left his hut in the middle of the night and employed several Saracens to show him to an oasis in the middle of the desert, and there he remained until his death at age 105 in 356.

If St. Anthony had taken the Spiritual Types Test, he probably would have been a Mystic. Anthony is remembered on January 17.

Today's Reflection

Anthony of Egypt