Seventeen Centuries Of Monastic life.

In 269 a young Egyptian takes the advice that Jesus gives a rich man in the Gospel: "If you want to be perfect, sell everything you have ... Then come and follow me" (Matthew 19: 21-22). Antony distributes all his goods to the poor and will live as a hermit in the desert of Thebaid, on the eastern bank of the Nile.

Athanasius to Marcellinus – on the Interpretation of the Psalms

"And it seems to me that these words become like a mirror to the persons singing them, so that he might perceive himself and the emotions of his soul, and thus affected, he might recite them.  For in fact he who hears the one reading receives the song that is recited as being about him, … Continue reading Athanasius to Marcellinus – on the Interpretation of the Psalms