Daily Inspirations

Daily Inspirations

Tuesday, January 17

Saint Anthony

This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm, which reaches into the interior behind the veil.

An anchor is a heavy object used to moor a boat to the seabed. The related word anchorite means “one alone,” a hermit. St. Anthony, whose feast day we celebrate, is considered the father of monks and the original anchorite. He walked out into the desert and lived on little food in total isolation. He was one alone, anchored only to God. I have always felt thankful that our church includes these radical, ascetic examples. For at some point in all of our lives, if only at the very end, we will be called to give up everything and walk alone, and then it will be only that anchor, heaved not into the sea but into the heavens, that will help us finally reach the interior behind the veil.

Hebrews 6:10–20
Psalm 111:1–2,4–5,9 and 10c
Mark 2:23–28

Daily Inspirations are excerpted from 2017: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Andrews ©2016 Loyola Press. All Rights Reserved.

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