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St. Anthony The Great

Jan 26, 2018

Early life
St Anthony grew up in a rich Christian family. Since  childhood, quiet and tranquil personality, and often go to church with  his family, different from the young people who belittled faith. At  about the age of eighteen to twenty years old, when his parents passed  away, they handed over their huge property and their only sister. Once,  when San Antonio was walking on the road, he repeatedly thought of how  the Apostles deserted everything and followed the Lord. While  walking into the church while thinking of these things, St. Anthony was  being read out of the gospel, Jesus said to the wealthy young people:  "If you would like to be the perfect man, go and sell you all, and give  it to the poor, you will have treasure In  heaven, you have to come and follow me. "This sentence deeply inspired  St. Anthony, allowing him to retain some of his property to his sister,  leaving the rest to sell and help the poor. Soon  after, he heard another remark: "So, do not worry about tomorrow  because tomorrow has its own worry; one day's trouble is enough." St.  Anthony therefore gave up all his property and entrusted his sister with  respect And reliable virgins, they entered the life of seclusion.


Hidden period
At  that time, the monk's morality was not yet flourishing. Therefore,  everyone who expects to pay attention to devotional life practices more  often than herself in his hometown. Santos first escaped from his home for fifteen years, and learned to reclaim the lives of hermits living nearby. When  Santos was in their thirties, he crossed the Nile to a hill in the  desert called Mt. Pispir, where he lived in a deserted military castle  for a time of prayer and solitary life. When San Antonio first moved, there were many snakes in the castle, so he first drove the snake out. In the living environment, so should spiritual practice. Santos locked himself in the castle for twenty-five years. One  of his friends gave him bread for half a year twice a year because the  weather in the area is dry and the bread is not easily deteriorated. In  addition, there are springs in the castle that supply fresh water. For St. Anthony, water and bread are enough as long as God is with him.
According  to the account of St. Antony's book, "The Story of Saint Anthony,"  during which time, except for meditating upon God, St. Anthony made only  two other things: First, fights with the inner passions; second, with  the devil Power battle. Visible in these twenty-five years, he spent two-thirds of the time fighting evil. Nonetheless, St. Anthony is not haggard for his independence and war. As  a result of St. Antonian stronghold of 25 years, his friends have  always been concerned about his health, so after twenty-five years break  into the castle. They  thought they would see a weak old man, but they saw that the appearance  of St. Anthony was more calmer and healthier than twenty-five years  ago. This incident also aroused people's attention and
Appreciate. Therefore,  the character and wisdom of St. Anthony attracted many people to seek  advice from him so as to influence his independent life. At that time follow the example of the people of St. Anthony to follow  his example, but also in the Pisanhel mountain caves or hut near the  independence, and St. Anthony was fixed to meet and guide, so maintained  for five to six years.
Subsequently,  San Antonio retreated to the wilderness of Mt. Colzim between the Nile  and the Red Sea, where he spent his last 45 years of independent life. Although  Anthony pays great attention to independence, he also cares about the  lives of other Christians, so he often travels between his own little  room and the Pisces hill. During  the dissolution of the Roman Emperor Maximethus in 311, Saint Anthony  traveled twice to Alexandria and was willing to martyrdom with  Christians who were persecuted at the time. He visited and comforted those imprisoned Christians. When  the Governor saw that San Antonio preached his beliefs furiously, he  ordered San Antonio to leave Alexandria and even punished him, but San  Antonio was still firm in his debates with the Governor and eventually  settled, and Santos returned safely to him In the fortress. Later, Anthony no longer needs a complete living alone, so the followers organized as a hidden group. He made the dean of this early monastery and linked similar groups into a network.

Passed away
About 355 years ago, St. Anthony and St. Ataturk committed themselves to fighting the hegemony that prevailed at that time. The following year, the death of St. Anthony. At  that time, the funeral custom in Egypt was based on the corpse of  spices and preserved the corpse for a long time without spoiling it. St.  Antony opposed him so much that before his death he ordered that his  body be buried in the earth by two disciples of Mectronic and Yameh; the  place of burial should be kept secret and no one should be told. The  legacy of St. Anthony to a weekday wear a sheepskin clothes and a coat  donated to St. Ataturk, said he and St. Ataturk in Faith forever unite. Another sheepskin was given to Bishop Mount Rabin. The guy in his body was kept by the monks as a souvenir.
Saint  Anthony's implicit style of influence on future generations of  Christians, especially St. Augustine as the representative. In  his Confessions, St. Augustine described the impact that he had brought  upon him when he saw the life of St. Anthony (thirty years after St.  Anthony was passed away). St.  Augustine said: "We are amazed at what we have heard. In such a near  time, just as we are, your supernatural signs show exactly what is going  on in the ecclesiastical church within pure faith." Although St. Anthony was not the first monk, his example led to the  rise of monasticism, honoring future generations as "the father of  monasticism."

Devotional
St Anthony's spiritual ideas, focusing on physical and evil, as well as dealing with the issue of loneliness.
St Anthony believes that to despise the flesh, in order to preserve the soul. Therefore, all time should be devoted to the soul, less care for the body, self-denial and self-defense. However, merely dealing with the flesh fails to make the life of spirituality intact, further dealing with evil. The method that San Antonio considers to deal with sin is to meditate more on his own sins and God's judgment.
In dealing with flesh and evil at the same time, the soul of loneliness is also not negligible level. Saint  Anthony advocates independence, with a long time of quiet solitude, in  order to be able to see more deeply the darkness in the soul. Nonetheless, Saint Anthony urged his brethren to plead guilty to one another. Therefore,  San Antonio's mentality of devoting a devotion to sin should not only  pay attention to individual investigation but also emphasize that facing  one another should one be able to have a healthy ascetic life.

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