Today is the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot. St. Anthony is a founder of monasticism and the first Christian monk. He is credited with opening the first Christian monastery for those who desired to give themselves completely to God and live in a monastic community.
On a personal note, one of his patronages is for skin diseases and eczema sufferers. Both of my boys have had horrible problems with eczema, so I was excited to learn that I could pray for St. Anthony's intercession in our battles with their skin diseases!
Ideas for Celebrating this Feast
- Tradition states that the devil often appeared in the form of a pig to tempt St. Anthony. Serve pork today and discuss the power of God and resisting the temptations of the devil.
- Pray for Monks, and thank God for their daily prayers.