Saturday, January 17, 2009

St. Anthony of Egypt, Father of Monastics

Here's something Abba Anthony said:
Do not be afraid to hear about virtue and do not be a stranger to the term. For it is not distant from us nor is it external to us; its realisation lies within us and the work is easy if only we want it. The Greeks leave home and cross the seas in order to gain an education, but there is no need for us to go away on account of the Kingdom of God nor need we cross the sea in search of virtue. For the Lord has told us, "The Kingdom of God is within you." All that is needed for goodness is that which is within, the human heart.


  1. i likey this one - :) with your permish i shall snitch!

  2. By all means, Roberta.

    And I really, really like that very last sentence, don't you?


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