Today, January 17, is the Feast of Saint Anthony the Great, Father of Monks. May his prayers be with us.
"The monk is a man who sees a dimension beyond this life. He sees the next life with the eyes of faith and passionately anticipates eternity on this earth. “At the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage …there is no male or female…” This describes the next life, but the monk experiences it now." An excerpt from the article: “Monastic Life in the Church” by Father Edmond Khashan O.L.M.
Image: Painting c.1465 in The Louvre in Paris. Photo by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr