Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

St. Anthony of Egypt, A Real Radical

Today, the Church celebrates the life of St. Anthony of Egypt (251-356, also known as St. Anthony the Abbot), who was never afraid to accept the radical challenges of the Gospel message. When Anthony heard Matthew 19:21 proclaimed in church ("If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me"), he did exactly that, giving everything away to live in solitude as a Christian hermit. Until his death at the age of 105, he continued to challenge himself to go one step further to grow in his faith.

In the words of St. Athanasius, who wrote St. Anthony's biography, "Anthony was not known for his writings nor for his worldly wisdom, nor for any art, but simply for his reverence toward God."

St. Anthony, pray that I may have the courage to be radical in my faith .

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Blogger NotMyOpinion30 said...

Awesome. I am so weak.

January 17, 2007 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Theo said...

Amazing isn't it?

Spend a few moments (or hours) conducting Google searches of religious blogs whose writers claim Christian advocacy, and you will likely come away with the impression that we Christians are far more concerned with knowing the right things than with doing the right things.

May we be known for doing right, rather than striving to *be* right; for understanding, rather than striving to be understood; and for loving rather than striving to be loved.

Humbled yet again by your message,

January 18, 2007 5:19 PM  

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