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Saint Anthony’s Miracles. The Saint of Miracles

Saint Anthony’s Miracles. The Saint of Miracles

The miracle

As we know Anthony died in 1231 and was buried for the time being in a little church dedicated to the Virgin Mary Mater Domini, Mother of God, while waiting for the Basilica to be at least partially completed so that the body could be kept in a much worthier tomb. His funeral took place on the following Tuesday. 

Thousands and thousands of people followed his coffin, and they were all crying like babies because they saw him as a father, and not because he was a priest, Father Anthony, but because he was a real father to them. He had generated faith in them, and was constantly defending them. On the day of the funeral, a woman came whose name deserves to be remembered. She was called Cunizza, and had been ill for a year. A great tumor had formed on her shoulder, and she was only able to walk by hobbling along with the aid of crutches.

Coming to the tomb, where Anthony had just been buried in, she prostrated herself in prayer. A short while later she realised that the swelling had disappeared, leaving her skin smooth and clear. She threw aside her crutches and stood upright, with tears of joy, and she went home giving thanks to God and her dear friend St. Anthony.

And this was the first miracle that happened here, around St. Anthony’s Tomb. The news spread rapidly, and people who were sick in the soul and body started coming to the Tomb in ever greater numbers.

Meditation

St Anthony was canonized in shortest time in the history of the Church: only 11 months. But humanly speaking the avalanche of miracles was set off by a single pebble: the faith and courage of Cunizza, an ordinary woman, a sick and crippled pilgrim who had the courage to cast herself down before the grave of St Anthony and ask God, for Anthony’s sake and through his intercession, to heal her.

No-one’s prayer goes unheeded by God, but when we think of our own lack of merit and our inadequacy, we sometimes lack the confidence to pray for our needs. It’s merely human to turn to those we recognise as God’s friends and ask them to pray for us. That was what Cunizza did: we should follow her example and pray to St. Anthony.

Favorite Prayers by Catholic Saints

Favorite Prayers by Catholic Saints

Saint Francis

Favorite Prayers of the Saints

The prayers of St. Francis, St. Patrick and other beloved Catholic saints speak not only to the people of their times, but they give voice to the  hopes of centuries of believers, and even those who struggle with doubt.

St. Francis Of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love, 
Where there is injury, pardon 
Where there is doubt, faith, 
Where there is despair, hope, 
Where there is darkness, light, 
Where there is sadness, joy. 
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

St. Patrick

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, 
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

St. Anselm

O Lord my God,
Teach my heart this day where and how to see you,
Where and how to find you.
You have made me and remade me,
And you have bestowed on me
All the good things I possess,
And still I do not know you.
I have not yet done that
For which I was made.
Teach me to seek you,
For I cannot seek you
Unless you teach me,
Or find you
Unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire,
Let me desire you in my seeking.
Let me find you by loving you,
Let me love you when I find you.

St. Francis Of Assisi

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.

St. Ethelwold

May God the Father bless us,
may Christ take care of us,
the Holy Ghost enlighten us all the days of our life.
The Lord be our defender and keeper of body and soul,
both now and for ever, to the ages of ages.

St. Columba

Alone with none but thee, my God,
I journey on my way.
What need I fear when thou art near,
Oh king of night and day?
More safe am I within thy hand
Than if a host did round me stand

St. Gregory

It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You Father and Your Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Dear Father, by Your wondrous condescension of Loving-Kindness toward us, Your servants, You gave up Your Son. 
Dear Jesus You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father by Your Blood poured forth in Loving-Kindness. 
You cleared away the darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection. 
You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror. 
You reconciled Heaven and earth. Our life had no hope of Eternal Happiness before You redeemed us. 
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy. 
How inestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!

We pray You, Lord, to preserve Your servants in the peaceful enjoyment of this Easter happiness. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with God The Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.

Amen.

St. Augustine

Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know Thee,
And desire nothing save only Thee.
Let me hate myself and love Thee.
Let me do everything for the sake of Thee.
Let me humble myself and exalt Thee.
Let me think nothing except Thee.
Let me die to myself and live in Thee.
Let me accept whatever happens as from Thee.
Let me banish self and follow Thee,
and ever desire to follow Thee.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in Thee,
that I may deserve to be defended by Thee.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee,
and let me be among those who are chosen by Thee.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in Thee.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of Thee.
Let me cling to nothing save only to Thee,
and let me be poor because of Thee.
Look upon me, that I may love Thee.
Call me that I may see Thee,
And forever enjoy Thee.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve thee as thou deservest;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to seek for rest,
To labour and not to seek reward,
Save that of knowing that I do thy will.

St. Teresa Of Avila

Govern everything by your wisdom, O Lord, so that my soul may always be serving you
in the way you will
and not as I choose.
Let me die to myself so that I may serve you;
let me live to you who are life itself.

Amen.

St. Thomas Aquinas

O God, who in this wondrous sacrament hast left unto us a memorial of thy passion;
grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy body and blood, 
that we may ever continue to feel within ourselves the blessed fruit of thy redemption. 
Who livest and reignest God, for ever and ever.


Saint of the Day for Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Saint of the Day for Thursday, March 21st, 2019

St. Enda

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Facts

Feast day: March 21

Legend has him an Irishman noted for his military feats who was convinced by his sister St. Fanchea to renounce his warring activities and marry.

When he found his fiancee dead, he decided to become a monk and went on pilgrimage to Rome, where he was ordained. He returned to Ireland, built churches at Drogheda, and then secured from his brother-in-law King Oengus of Munster the island of Aran, where he built the monastery of Killeaney, from which ten other foundations on the island developed. With St. Finnian of Clonard, Enda is considered the founder on monasticism in Ireland.

His feast day is March 21

Characteristics of a Saint

Most simply, a saint is someone who resides in Heaven for Eternity after their earthly life is done. Of course, getting there isn’t easy, but it certainly isn’t impossible and if you would like, I can explain the ways to accomplish that in the comments.

I would presume, however, that you want to know what the characteristics of a canonized saintWell, that greatly depends on who the person was, when and where they lived, and just about every other aspect of life. In general, they must have lived a holy life (not necessarily for their whole life, as in St. Augustine’s case) and had the “fame of sanctity/martyrdom.

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Bl. John of Parma

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Facts

Feast day: March 20


John Buralli, the seventh minister general of the Franciscans, was born at Parma in the year 1209, and he was already teaching logic there when at the age of twenty-five, he joined the Franciscans. He was sent to Paris to study and, after he had been ordained, to teach and preach in Bologna, Naples and Rome.

He preached so well that crowds of people came to hear his sermons, even very important persons flocked to hear him.  In the year 1247, John was chosen Minister General of the Order of Franciscans. He had a very difficult task because the members of his community were not living up to their duties, due to the poor leadership of Brother Elias.

Brother Salim bene, a fellow townsman who worked closely with John, kept an accurate record of Johns activities. From this record, we learn that John was strong and robust, so that he was always kind and pleasant no matter how tired he was. He was the first among the Ministers General to visit the whole Order, and he traveled always on foot.

He was so humble that when he visited the different houses of the Order, he would often help the Brother wash vegetables in the kitchen. He loved silence so that he could think of God and he never spoke an idle word. When he began visiting the various houses of his Order, he went to England first. When King Henry III heard that John came to see him, the King went out to meet him and embraced the humble Friar.

When John was in France, he was visited by St. Louis IX who, on the eve of his departure for the Crusades, came to ask John’s prayers and blessing on his journey. The next place John visited was Burgundy and Provence. At Arles, a friar from Parma, John of Ollis, came to ask a favor. He asked John if he and Brother Salimbene could be allowed to preach. John, however, did not want to make favorites of his Brothers. He said, “even if you were my blood brothers, I would not give you that permission without an examination.” John of Ollis then said, “Then if we must be examined, will you call on Brother Hugh to examine us?” Hugh, the former provincial was in the house, but since he was a friend of John of Ollis and Salimbene, he would not allow it.

Instead, he called the lecturer and tutor of the house. Brother Salimbene passed the test, but John of Ollis was sent back to take more studies. Trouble broke out in Paris where John had sent St. Bonaventure who was one of the greatest scholars of the Friars Minor.

Blessed John went to Paris and was so humble and persuasive that the University Doctor who had caused the trouble, could only reply, “Blessed are you, and blessed are your words”. Then John went back to his work at restoring discipline to his Order. Measures were taken to make sure the Friars obeyed the Rules of the Order. In spite of all his efforts, Blessed John was bitterly opposed. He became convinced that he was not capable of carrying out the reforms that he felt was necessary. So he resigned his office and nominated St. Bonaventure as his successor. John retired to the hermitage of Greccio, the place where St. Francis had prepared the first Christmas crib. He spent the last thirty years of his life there in retirement. He died on March 19, 1289 and many miracles were soon reported at his tomb.

His feast day is March 20th.