Category Archives: Abba Anthony

Virtues

we must intensify our struggle, so that we may attain the virtues that are set before us… Continue reading

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A Healthy Soul

as our Saviour foretold in the Gospels: ‘It is not what goes into anyone which causes defilement to the soul but it is what comes out of the heart that drags people to destruction. Continue reading

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Healed in the desert

VII.xxxv.2. Blessed Antony was accustomed to say, “The ancient fathers went into the desert, and having been healed became healers. They then came back and healed others. There are those among us nowadays who go into the desert and try … Continue reading

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Perfection according to St. Anthony

All these things which you have mentioned are indeed needful, and helpful to those who are thirsting for God, and desirous to approach Him. But countless accidents and the experience of many people will not allow us to make the most important of gifts consist in them. Continue reading

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Tears

If you want your virtues to be strengthened it is in floods of tears that that strengthening will come… Continue reading

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Anthony meets Didymus the blind

“Are you not sad that you lack eyes?” He shamefacedly made no answer, until Antony had asked him three times,…. It is much better to see with the spirit than with ordinary eyes Continue reading

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Give us A Word of Salvation

“If you can’t do either this or that what can I do for you? Prayer alone is what you need.” Continue reading

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Two philosophers who visited Anthony

“Why are you dragging me back, O rising sun, from the brilliance of the one true light!” Continue reading

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Which Virtue?

Which virtue or monastic observance could keep a monk unharmed from the attacks of the devil, and surely carry him by assured means on the right path to God? Continue reading

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A Ship Laden with Precious Gifts

“This young monk seems to me to be like a merchant ship laden with precious gifts, but who knows whether it will ever reach port?” Continue reading

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