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On hearing Matthew , "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.Today's trouble is enough for today," he gave away everything else, entrusted his sister to a convent, and went outside the village to live a life of praying, fasting, and manual labor.When his parents died when he was eighteen or twenty he inherited their three hundred acres of land and the responsibility for a young sister.One day in church, he heard read Matthew : "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." Not content to sit still and meditate and reflect on Jesus' words he walked out the door of the church right away and gave away all his property except what he and his sister needed to live on.When Anthony was able to resist him, the devil then tried flattery, telling Anthony how powerful Anthony was to beat him.Anthony relied on Jesus' name to rid himself of the devil. One time, his bout with the devil left him so beaten, his friends thought he was dead and carried him to church. After one particular difficult struggle, he saw a light appearing in the tomb he lived in. Because you didn't give in, I will stay with you and protect you forever." With that kind of assurance and approval from God, many people would have settled in, content with where they were.And he never stopped challenging himself to go one step beyond in his faith.
All the monks lived separately, coming together only for worship and to hear Anthony speak.But after awhile, too many people were coming to seek Anthony out.He became afraid that he would get too proud or that people would worship him instead of God.Two Greek philosophers ventured out into the Egyptian desert to the mountain where Anthony lived.When they got there, Anthony asked them why they had come to talk to such a foolish man?