Theology: Saint Anthony of Egypt

Theology: Saint Anthony of Egypt


Hello everyone, today, I’m going to talk to
you about Saint Anthony of Egypt. Anthony was born in Coma, Egypt in 251 to
a wealthy family. When he was around 18, he inherited all the
possessions and had to take care of his sister as his parents died. One day, he heard from the Gospel: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” He then gave up all of his possessions and lived the rest of his life as a hermit, fully devoted to God. When Anthony was 20, he spent the next fifteen
years as a disciple of Paul of Thebes. He stayed in the area and practiced the ascetic life. Then, he withdrew from the society of men and went to a desert to a mountain by the Nile called Pispir. At there, he found and shut himself in an old fort. He refused to talk to anyone who
visited him; he only received food from the outside through a crack. During his withdrawal from the world, Anthony had to face many evil force and temptation
from the Devil. The devil often disguised itself in the form
of wild beast, soldier, woman, came to distract him. But Anthony resisted all of these with
the power of prayer. The devil several times beat Anthony unconscious,
left him in deadly state. Yet, Anthony did not give up and still managed to fight back
with his prayer. After 20 years of living in solitude, in 305
AD, he came out to the world. He instructed and helped the people who followed him to build and organized a monastic life. He then moved to a mountain in the Eastern
Desert and lived there. The place was later became the Monastery of Saint Anthony, founded
by his followers. Anthony may not be the first to live an ascetic
life, but he was the first to assemble his followers into a community and inspired
other communities.

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