St. Anthony of the Desert

"The Torment of St. Anthony" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Torment of St. Anthony

St. Athanasius of Alexandria gifted us a beautiful account of a great saint in the Life of Antony. St. Anthony grew up in a good, loving, wealthy and faithful home in Egypt. He was not drawn to learning his letters, but he was a devoted and obedient son who paid close attention by hearing what was read in his home […]

St. Anthony of Egypt (cropped)

St. Antony of Egypt

“St. Antony, pray for us that we may know in our hearts the paradox of the saints, that you sought not fame and honors, not self-glorification or accolades, but to serve Him from whom all life flows.” We celebrate the feast day of one of the most remarkable saints of all time, St. Antony of Egypt, on January 17th. He is […]

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" - by Lucas van Leyden (detail; click for full image)

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.” (St. Antony of the Desert, Abbot) January 17 is the Memorial of St. Antony, Abbot (251 — […]

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" - by Lucas van Leyden (detail; click for full image)

The Real St. Anthony

January 17 is the Memorial of St. Antony, Abbot (A.D. 251-356). St. Athanasius (A.D. 296-373) is the great Church Doctor who stood against the world in defense of the “Trinitarian doctrine, whole and undefiled” thus earning the title “contra mundum.” He battled the Arian heresy as fearlessly and steadfastly as his mentor St. Anthony (A.D. 251-356) lived out the devout […]

"The Temptation of St. Anthony" - by Lucas van Leyden (detail; click for full image)

St. Anthony on Spiritual Reading

  St. Athanasius (A.D. 296-373) was the Bishop of Alexandria and is a Doctor of the Church. He tells us that his orthodox heart was formed in the desert where he used to serve St. Anthony (A.D. 251 – 356), and out of this service came the spiritual masterpiece The Life of Antony. This biography alone is a wonder worth […]

"The Torment of Saint Anthony" (detail) by Michelangelo

The Torment of St. Anthony

St. Athanasius of Alexandria gifted us a beautiful account of a great saint in the Life of Antony. St. Anthony grew up in a good, loving, wealthy and faithful home in Egypt. He was not drawn to learning his letters, but he was a devoted and obedient son who paid close attention by hearing what was read in his home […]

St. Anthony, Abbot

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Anthony of the Desert, Abbot

“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.” (St. Anthony of the Desert, Abbot) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate […]

War in the Desert

He sold everything he owned and he went into the desert to fight demons. He burned with a desire for God, and “the devil, an enemy of the word Christian, could not bear to see such outstanding virtues in a young man and so he attacked him” (from Early Christian Lives, the “Life of Antony by Athanasius”). Spiritual warfare. We […]