Thursday, January 17, 2008
seeing St Anthony
It's St Anthony's day today, remembered as the one of the key figures in the development of desert monasticism. Revered as 'Anthony the Great', and called 'the Father of monks', he has always been held in high esteem by monastic communities. Here's an affectionate story from 'The Sayings of the Desert Fathers':
'Three Fathers used to go and visit blessed Anthony every year and two of them used to discuss their thoughts and the salvation of their souls with him, but the third always remained silent and did not ask him anything. After a long time, Abba Anthony said to him 'You often come here to see me, but you never ask me anything,' and the other replied 'It is enough for me to see you, Father.'