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ISBN: 1425358209
ISBN 13: 9781425358204
Language: English
The author of the book: Athanasius of Alexandria
Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: December 1st 2005
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It could be called the Temptation of St. Antony, but Athanasius' life of the fabled hermit - written shortly after Antony's death in 365 AD, 10 years before the Goths sacked Rome - was the inspiration for the very first monasteries and convents.

And no, he wasn't Saint AntHony - the one who finds your lost car keys! THAT one lived much later...

Using fanciful images to describe what we now would describe as Antony's intense inner conflicts, Athanasius tells how the saint fled the comforts of decadent Rome to live alone in the desert, in an abandoned fortress near the Red Sea. There he sought to attain one thing: the unalloyed egolessness of Christ. And of course the devils tormented him - mercilessly - but not endlessly. Antony found the great inner peace he was seeking, finally, in his later years.

But long before the final resolution of limitless grace, some old friends discovered Antony's hideout and tried to persuade him to come back home. When they first neared the door, they heard a crowd of hideous voices shrieking and cursing from within. They loudly knocked on the door in alarm.

"He came to the door and quietly advised his friends to leave, and not to fear. 'This is the way,' the tired saint said, 'that devils create nonexistent apparitions. They turn themselves loose on people who will be afraid of them. So seal yourselves in faith and depart in confidence. Leave them here with me to mock themselves!'"

The saint stayed alone for twenty more years, then opened his doors to the world, a changed man.

We all have our inner devils. But sometimes the peace that scatters them is easily won compared to the outright torment of the earlier ordeal.

Remember the old fable of the Princess and the Pea? The sleepless noblewoman had mattresses piled high to the ceiling of her palace bedchamber, all because of a single uncooked pea beneath the first one. Sometimes our regal attitudes preclude our ability to return to ourselves.

We are really not at all complicated. But our hopes, dreams and expectations can end up blocking our escape hatch to simple ordinary life!

Wonderful story. Five big stars for a GREAT book.

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Ebook The Life of St. Anthony read Online! Athanasius of Alexandria (Greek: Ἀθανάσιος Ἀλεξανδρείας, Athanásios Alexandrías)(Arabic: البابا أثناسيوس الرسولي) (b. ca. 296-298 – d. 2 May 373), also referred to as St. Athanasius the Great, St. Athanasius I of Alexandria, St Athanasius the Confessor and (primarily in the Coptic Orthodox Church) St Athanasius the Apostolic, was the 20th bishop of Alexandria. His episcopate lasted 45 years (c. 8 June 328 – 2 May 373), of which over 17 were spent in five exiles ordered by four different Roman emperors. He is considered to be a renowned Christian theologian, a Church Father, the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century.

He is remembered for his role in the conflict with Arius and Arianism. In 325, at the age of 27, Athanasius had a leading role against the Arians in the First Council of Nicaea. At the time, he was a deacon and personal secretary of the 19th Bishop of Alexandria, Alexander. Nicaea was convoked by Constantine I in May–August 325 to address the Arian position that Jesus of Nazareth is of a distinct substance from the Father.

In June 328, at the age of 30, three years after Nicæa and upon the repose of Bishop Alexander, he became archbishop of Alexandria. He continued to lead the conflict against the Arians for the rest of his life and was engaged in theological and political struggles against the Emperors Constantine the Great and Constantius II and powerful and influential Arian churchmen, led by Eusebius of Nicomedia and others. He was known as "Athanasius Contra Mundum". Within a few years of his departure, St. Gregory of Nazianzus called him the "Pillar of the Church". His writings were well regarded by all Church fathers who followed, in both the West and the East. His writings show a rich devotion to the Word-become-man, great pastoral concern, and profound interest in monasticism.

Athanasius is counted as one of the four Great Doctors of the Church in the Roman Catholic Church and in Eastern Orthodoxy, he is labeled the "Father of Orthodoxy". He is also celebrated by many Protestants, who label him "Father of The Canon". Athanasius is venerated as a Christian saint, whose feast day is 2 May in Western Christianity, 15 May in the Coptic Orthodox Church, and 18 January in the other Eastern Orthodox Churches. He is venerated by the Roman Catholic Church, Oriental and Eastern Orthodox churches, the Lutherans, and the Anglican Communion.

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