The feast of the great Abba Anthony of Egypt falls on January 17th. He was a great lover of the desert wilderness where he preferred to spend solitary moments with God. But the further he withdrew into the desert, the more people were drawn to him. And he attracted many disciples and counted bishops and even the emperor Constantine as his followers as well as common village folks who heard of this desert ascetic and venerable abba. Perhaps, he is indeed best known for establishing monasteries, or rather, monasteries simply sprung up around him due to the great number of followers who heard of his renown. And so, we look to this great saint and abba who left everything in order to heed the voice of Christ who said, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven; and come, follow Me" (Matthew 19:21).
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