Saint Anthony the Great – Desert vs. Jacuzzi

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Good morning friends,

I had the blessing of teaching the lesson about Saint-Anthony the Great, the first Coptic Monk.

As I teach the first and second graders this year, I try to keep the lessons short and to incorporate a game to illustrate the point of the story.

The Story of Saint Anthony : 

Saint Anthony lost his parents and the age of 19 (although the video clip I attached below mentions the age of 20 and the link I shared indicates 18).

While attending liturgy, this Bible verse touched his heart:

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”Mathew 19:21

Saint Anthony decided to donate his vast inheritance to the poor and retreated into the the desert to lead a solitary life devoted to prayers and fasting. He is regarded as the father of monasticism.

Illustrative Game to explain the choice Saint Anthony made:

In order to illustrate how Saint Anthony followed the verse in the Bible and forsake worldly riches, I distributed paper money to all of the children in the class.

Each child had a turn to explain how they would spend their “wealth” – we had all agreed that the money they had in their hands represented 3 million dollars.

Here is a sampling of the children’s answers:

  • more than 5 children would purchase dogs
  • a few would purchase cats
  • one child would spend it on a Bugatti and a Lamborghini
  • My own son would spend it on a Jacuzzi (no idea where that came from!!!)
  • 3 angelic children were going to donate all their money to the poor (I nearly hugged them).

The game served as an introduction to the lesson.

After the story, we watched this clip about the life of Saint Anthony the Great – may his blessings be with us all.


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After graduating with a Major in Journalism, Mireille’s career path took an unexpected turn away from her beloved pen and paper. It took an equally unexpected turn of events for Mireille to start writing again.After spending many hours (too many!) watching super hero cartoons with her son, she realized that most Christian children are unaware of their superpowers!She set about creating the SuperHolies: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit re-imagined as superpowers to grab the children’s attention and teach them about their faith and its glory.

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