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Father of Christian monasticism, lived in solitude and prayer in the desert. An example of asceticism

Father of Christian monasticism, lived in solitude and prayer in the desert. An example of asceticism
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January 17th: Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot
Gospel text
Mt 19:16-26
A young man approached Jesus and said, "What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “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.”
Gospel's Commentary
Today we remember the example of Saint Anthony (Egypt, 250-356 a. C.). After giving his goods to the poor, he retired to the desert to lead a life of prayer and penance. His example stirred many others who came to see him for advice or to share his life. In fact, Saint Anthony Abbot is considered the founding father of the monks. - There are deserts and deserts! Who is attached to material things lives in an unproductive "desert".

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