Tuesday, 13 June 2017

# Saints

Saint Anthony of Padua

Anthony of Padua with the Infant Jesus by Francisco de Zurbarán, 1627–1630
The 13th of June is the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua. He is the patron saint of lost items, lost people, lost souls, American Indians; amputees; animals; barrenness; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land; harvests; horses; lost articles; lower animals; mail; mariners; oppressed people; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; seekers of lost articles; shipwrecks; starvation; sterility; swineherds; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses; travellers; Tuburan, Cebu; Watermen; runts of litters; counter-revolutionaries; San Antonio De Padua Parish, Taytay, Rizal.

Saint Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. His family was powerful but pious. He chose to serve God with the Augustinians at the age of 15. He passed through a town where he was stationed, and witnessed the bodies of Franciscan friars martyred by Muslims and renewed his zeal to follow Christ more completely like the martyrs. Saint Anthony joined the Franciscans and went to Morocco hoping to preach to the Moors. His poor health forced him to return to Italy where he lived a quiet and secluded life. One day he was asked to be a substitute teacher and astounded everyone with his knowledge and gift of speech. He was then sent to preach against the heretics and was known as the "Hammer of the Heretics." He died at the age of 35 in 1231. He became a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

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May 02, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, all that my Son, who is the light of love, has done and does, He has done out of love. Also you, my children, when you live in love and love your neighbors, you are doing the will of my Son. Apostles of my love, make yourselves little; open your pure hearts to my Son so that He can work through you. With the help of faith, be filled with love. But, my children, do not forget that the Eucharist is the heart of faith. This is my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. This is a miracle of love: my Son who always comes anew, alive, to bring life back to souls. My children, by living in love you are doing the will of my Son and He lives in you. My children, my motherly desire is for you to always love Him more, because He is calling you with His love. He is giving you love so that you may spread it to all those around you. As a mother, through His love, I am with you to speak the words of love and hope to you - to speak to you the eternal words that are victorious over time and death - so as to call you to be my apostles of love. Thank you.

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