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On Friday, January 17, we celebrate the feast of St. Anthony, Abbot. If you’re thinking to yourself that the name sounds familiar, well you’re right, he is the patron saint of our parish. St. Anthony is also known by several other names including Anthony the Great, Anthony of Egypt and Anthony of the Desert among others. St. Anthony lived during the third and fourth centuries and lived a life in dedication to Christ and the gospel. His biographer, St. Athanasius states that mere knowledge of how St. Anthony lived is a good guide to virtue. St. Anthony was born to wealthy, Christian parents in the year 251 in Upper Egypt. As a child, Anthony gained a reputation for his temperance, faithfulness to church duties and obedience to his parents. Prior to his twentieth birthday, Anthony found himself mourning the loss of both of his parents which left him in charge of a large estate and a younger sister to care for. In light of these new life circumstances he continued seeking out God’s will and fostering a relationship with Christ.

One day while attending Mass, Anthony heard proclaimed in the gospel the words of Jesus “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.” Taking these words to heart, Anthony did exactly that. Upon hearing these words, he went home and gave away his property and sold his possessions and, except for enough money to care for himself and his sister, gave the proceeds to the poor. With his sister cared for, Anthony placed his trust in the Lord and went off in solitude to live as a hermit, seeking out others that might lead him to living a virtuous life.

For St. Anthony, life as a hermit was a difficult one, his days were filled with manual labor, prayer and pious reading as well as temptations and attacks from Satan himself. Time and time again, Anthony successfully fended off these attacks and was ultimately reminded that Christ had remained by his side throughout it all. In the years to come, St. Anthony would continue his search for grace by moving deeper into the deserts and further into solitude. After twenty years of solitude, St. Anthony emerges from the mountains around the year 305 to open his first monastery where he continued to seek out and lead others to a virtuous life. After a few years of leading the monastery, St. Anthony once again retires to the desert. Anthony died on January 17, 356. St. Anthony is the patron saint of animals, skin diseases, farmers, butchers, basket makers, brushmakers, gravediggers.

St. Anthony of the Desert…pray for us.

Fr. Eric

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Washington D.C., Jan 21, 2020 / 04:18 pm (CNA).- President Donald Trump declared Jan. 22 to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day, in a proclamation signed Monday.

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Rome, Italy, Jan 21, 2020 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- The Legionaries of Christ on Jan. 20 opened its 2020 Ordinary General Chapter in Rome, which convenes every six years with the duty to elect the general government for the order and to address the most important matters related to the mission and identity of the congregation.

The opening of the general chapter comes a week after Pope Francis dismissed from the clerical state a Legionary priest, Fernando Martinez Suárez, for sexual abuse, and a month after an internal commission of the Legion published a report saying that since its founding in 1941, 33 priests of the congregation had committed sexual abuse of minors, victimizing 175 children.

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Madrid, Spain, Jan 21, 2020 / 02:58 pm (CNA).- The Association of Christian Lawyers in Spain filed a complaint last week with the Prosecutor's Office against the newly appointed director of the Institute for Women and Equal Opportunity, Beatriz Gimeno. The group says Gimeno committed a hate crime by authoring a 2013 article in Eldiario.es justifying the burning of churches.

Hundreds of churches were burned and priests were killed in Spain during the 1930s, as the Church faced a period of violent persecution.

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