St. Anthony the Abbot

St. Anthony the Abbot

Feast Day: January 17
Patron of: Amputees, animals, basket weavers, hermits, monks, skin disease

St. Anthony is widely regarded as one of the fathers of Monasticism. He was born in Egypt to wealthy parents, only converting to Christianity after he reached middle age. St. Anthony went into the desert to pray in solitude. While there, he had to fight off temptations such as impure thoughts and boredom by remaining sincere and grounded in his relationship with God.

St. Anthony teaches us that a sincere prayer life won’t come easy. What’s important is fighting to focus on God, the object and end of our prayer.