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To: Salvation
Thanks,Salvation!
4 posted on 06/13/2003 9:01:44 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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To: Lady In Blue
FEAST OF THE DAY

St. Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. As a young adult,
Anthony joined the Augustinian order, but moved to join the
Franciscans shortly after ordination to the priesthood. Anthony
desired to take a more active role in the evangelization of the world
and wanted especially to preach to the Moors, and the Franciscans
offered him this opportunity. However he fell ill and returned to Italy
and spent the time to recover his health in prayer and reading the
Scriptures.

After recuperating from his illness, Anthony was asked by his order
to go out and teach heretics living in France and Italy. Anthony
applied the knowledge of God he gained during his illness to convert
many heretics. Anthony gained such renown for his wisdom and
knowledge that he was asked to teach theology to his fellow
Franciscans, something no Franciscan had ever done before. His
sermons were renowned for their instruction and gentleness and is
known as the "Evangelical Doctor". St. Anthony died at Padua in
1231 and is recognized as the patron saint of barren women, lost
articles, harvests, the poor, and Portugal.


QUOTE OF THE DAY

The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them
in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they
might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet
of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in
their heart the invitation of Christ. -St. Anthony of Padua


TODAY IN HISTORY

1231 Death of St. Anthony of Padua
1999 Four Society of the Divine Word (SVD) martyrs are beatified by
Pope John Paul II


TODAY'S TIDBIT

One of St. Anthony's nicknames is the "Evangelical Doctor." This
highlights Anthony's great knowledge of the Scriptures and his great
talent in sharing this knowledge with others. The word "evangelical"
comes from Greek roots meaning good news. Anthony let himself
become the Doctor of the Good News by allowing God to use him as
a tool to reach others.

5 posted on 06/13/2003 9:02:49 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

 

June 13, 2007
St. Anthony of Padua
(1195-1231)

The gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ was the rule of Anthony’s life. Over and over again God called him to something new in his plan. Every time Anthony responded with renewed zeal and self-sacrificing to serve his Lord Jesus more completely.His journey as the servant of God began as a very young man when he decided to join the Augustinians, giving up a future of wealth and power to be a servant of God. Later, when the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs went through the Portuguese city where he was stationed, he was again filled with an intense longing to be one of those closest to Jesus himself: those who die for the Good News.

So Anthony entered the Franciscan Order and set out to preach to the Moors. But an illness prevented him from achieving that goal. He went to Italy and was stationed in a small hermitage where he spent most of his time praying, reading the Scriptures and doing menial tasks.

The call of God came again at an ordination where no one was prepared to speak. The humble and obedient Anthony hesitantly accepted the task. The years of searching for Jesus in prayer, of reading sacred Scripture and of serving him in poverty, chastity and obedience had prepared Anthony to allow the Spirit to use his talents. Anthony’s sermon was astounding to those who expected an unprepared speech and knew not the Spirit’s power to give people words.

Recognized as a great man of prayer and a great Scripture and theology scholar, Anthony became the first friar to teach theology to the other friars. Soon he was called from that post to preach to the heretics, to use his profound knowledge of Scripture and theology to convert and reassure those who had been misled.

Comment:

Anthony should be the patron of those who find their lives completely uprooted and set in a new and unexpected direction. Like all saints, he is a perfect example of turning one's life completely over to Christ. God did with Anthony as God pleased—and what God pleased was a life of spiritual power and brilliance that still attracts admiration today. He whom popular devotion has nominated as finder of lost objects found himself by losing himself totally to the providence of God.

Quote:

In his Sermons, Anthony says: "The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ."



9 posted on 06/13/2007 9:56:15 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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