Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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Saint Anthony of Padua

Image: 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 (15 August 1195 – 13 June 1231). He was born as Fernando Martins de Bulhões and is also known as Anthony of Lisbon. He was a Portuguese Catholic priest and a Franciscan friar. He is the patron saint of Lisbon, 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; and San Antonio De Padua Parish, Taytay, Rizal.

Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal, to a powerful and pious family. When he was 15 years old he chose to serve God and the Augustinians, relinquishing his wealth and nobility. After witnessing the bodies of martyred Franciscan friars passing through the town he decided to join the Franciscans and travel to Morocco to preach to the Moors. However, due to his poor health, he was forced to return to Italy where he lived a quiet and secluded life in prayer and priestly duties. One day, he was called upon to be substitute preacher and amazed everyone with his gift of preaching and depth of knowledge. He became known as a foremost preacher of the Franciscans and was sent to preach against the heretics. He was called the “Hammer of the Heretics,” and was also known for his holiness and as a miracle worker. In 1946 he was named a Doctor of the Church.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2019 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations, which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way, I, too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But, unfortunately, many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbors, and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another, and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you.

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