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 on: Today at 07:51:47 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.'

Proverbs 21:16

 on: Today at 07:51:38 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'If it happens that the authority of Sacred Scripture is set in opposition to clear and certain reasoning, this must mean that the person who interprets Scripture does not understand it correctly. It is not the meaning of Scripture that is opposed to the truth, but the meaning that he has wanted to give it.'

St. Augustine

 on: Today at 01:46:22 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
It was the future Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I who concluded the Peace of Augsburg in 1555   
that guaranteed Protestants their rights and freedom of worship.

 on: Yesterday at 08:20:10 PM 
Started by odhiambo - Last post by eschator83
Re: Saint of the day and Feast days.
« Reply #1424 on: January 17, 2012, 01:17:15 AM »
Today is the Memorial of
Saint Anthony of Egypt
Anthony, who is also called Saint Anthony of Egypt, Saint Anthony Abbot as well as Saint Anthony the Great, was born in Cooma near Herakleopolis Magna, Lower Egypt in 251, to wealthy parents who were landowners.
( It is rather puzzling; in different accounts of the original home of Saint Anthony, one finds records of the saint being born in different parts of Egypy, viz: 1: “Herakleopolis Magna in Lower Egypt”; 2:”Antony was born in 251 at Coma, a village near Great Heracleopolis in Middle Egypt” ; 3: “was born and raised by pious Christian parents at Como in Upper Egypt”, As you can see, he was born in Lower, Middle as well as Upper Egypt)!
 Most of what is known about the life of Anthony comes from the "Life of Anthony" written in Greek around 360 by Athanasius of Alexandria
The parents were pious Christians who shielded him from the outside world, keeping him closely at home. When he was about 18, his parents died, leaving him a large estate and the responsibility and care of a younger sister.
Soon after the death of his parents, Anthony was in Church one day when he heard spoken, the text from Matthew XIX, 21, in which Christ says to the rich young man, "Go, sell what thou hast, and give to the poor." Antony took this command as meant for him.
He went home and deeded a large part of his estate to his neighbor. He then sold the rest of the estate and gave the money to the poor, saving only what he thought was necessary to maintain him and his sister.
At another time in Church, he heard yet again, other words which Christ spoke (Matthew vi, 34), "Do not be anxious about tomorrow."
Anthony now gave away whatever he had kept for themselves, placed his sister in a "house of virgins," and he became a hermit. “He retired to a solitary place and occupied himself with manual labor, prayer, and religious reading. His only food was bread and a little salt, and he drank nothing but water. His bed was a rush mat. He soon became a model of humility, piety, and self-discipline.”
Anthony’s solitary life was marked by many temptations by the devil and demons.
The terrible and fantastic forms that these took were represented later in literature and art about him. Anthony prevailed against demons in the shapes of wild beasts, evil thoughts, and even human persons, for instance, at one time Satan himself is said to have appeared in visible form, first as a seductive woman, then as a black and terrifying man. Saint Anthony prevailed against all these temptations. His biographer attributes these victories to his constant faith and the use of the sign of the Cross and the name of Jesus.
“In quest now of greater solitude, he hid himself in an old tomb in the desert, where a friend brought him a little bread from time to time. Here Satan again attacked him and deafened him with loud noises. Once, Athanasius says, Anthony was so grievously beaten that when his friend arrived, he lay almost dead.”

When he was about 35, Anthony moved still farther out into the wilderness to an abandoned fort across the Nile River. His reputation grew during the years he spent at the fort, and many hermits came to him for instruction in the discipline of the ascetic life. Finally, in 305, the first religious community of hermits was founded here.
During the persecution of Christians by the Roman emperor Maximus about 311, Anthony went to Alexandria, where he visited and encouraged the captive Christians; he was hoping for martyrdom himself, but it was not to be. When the persecution ended, he moved again into the wilderness. He left his mountain on only one more occasion when, about 335, he visited Alexandria to join Athanasius in fighting the Arian heresy. In debates with heretics and philosophers Anthony demonstrated considerable learning and rhetorical skill. Later, he returned to his ascetic life in the wilderness.
People traveled great distances to his retreat, not only for instruction but also to benefit from the miracles reputed to occur at his bidding. He advised the great, such as the Roman emperor Constantine and his sons, and the imperial government.
The Saint died in 356, when he was about 105 years old.
Two disciples buried his body, not embalming it above ground in the Egyptian manner. His grave was unmarked, but his garments were sent to the Egyptian bishops Athanasius and Serapion.
Saint Anthony is revered as the Patron of hospital workers, butchers, grave diggers, and brush and basket makers ( I wonder the connection?)
His intercession is sought especially in cases of epilepsy, pestilence, erysipelas, a skin disease also called Saint Anthony’s Fire” and other skin diseases.
Saint Anthony,
Pray for us!
Thanks to Odhiambo for another great post

 on: Yesterday at 05:16:41 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Vanity and vain-glory are vices born of ignorance and blind self-love.'

St. Ignatius of Loyola

 on: Yesterday at 05:16:29 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'Real knowledge has been given to men by God as a grace preceding the fullness of grace; it teaches those who partake of it to believe above all in the Giver.'

St. Mark the Ascetic

 on: January 16, 2022, 05:16:20 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by Shin
It is a very interesting appearing plant too. Cheesy

 on: January 16, 2022, 04:57:55 PM 
Started by CyrilSebastian - Last post by CyrilSebastian
                              {A} Twelve Apostles Plant     
                              {B} A houseplant with sword-like foliage and has white, yellow, and blue flowers     
                              {C} James the Less was one of the Twelve Apostles.   
                                Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel Little Angel

 on: January 16, 2022, 12:16:38 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'The effect of observing the commandments is to free from passion our conceptual images of things. The effect of spiritual reading and contemplation is to detach the intellect from form and matter. It is this which gives rise to undistracted prayer.'

St. Maximos the Confessor

 on: January 16, 2022, 12:16:18 PM 
Started by Shin - Last post by Shin
'In your trials, have recourse to Mary, and she will remedy them.'

St. Paul of the Cross

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