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Tuesday, June 13, 2006
St. Anthony of Padua

Memorial (1969 Calendar): June 13
Double (1955 Calendar): June 13

For the past nine days, I have been preparing for the feastday of one of my favorite saints, St. Anthony of Padua, by praying a Novena to St. Anthony. I first of all, would like to thank all of you that have prayed it along with me.

St. Anthony (1195 - 1231) was born on August 15, 1195 at Lisbon, Portugal and lived there most of his life. While his family wanted him to become a great noblemen, he followed the call of Christ and became a poor Franciscan priest. He lived his life in holiness curing many. After his death, he was canonized 352 days after his death, the second fastest canonization in history, with over 50 documented miracles.

When the remains of Saint Berard and his companions, the first Franciscan martyrs were brought to be buried in his church from Morocco, St. Anthony left for Morocco intending to die for the faith as a martyr. He was originally a Augustinian monk but became a Franciscan before his journey to Morocco because he was so moved by the martyrdom of the first Franciscan martyrs. Instead of preaching in Morocco, he became deathly ill and was shipwrecked in Sicily. St. Anthony met St. Francis of Assisi himself in 1221. He eventually began to evangelize, preach, and teach theology through Italy and France. Towards the end of his life he returned to Padua and preached there with such gentleness and love for Jesus. He was called the Hammer of Heretics because he destroyed the errors and lies in the faith wherever he went. Legend even says that fish would even listen to his sermons.

In one instance, St. Anthony was staying in another man's house. The man noticed a great light under the door, so he cracked the door opened to see the Child Jesus in the arms of St. Anthony. Heavenly light poured forth from the Holy Infant, and the Child was whispering into St. Anthony's hear. The next morning, the man confessed to spying on him and asked what the Lord said to him. St. Anthony said the Lord said he would remain with the city as long as the city remained following him.

St. Anthony, pray for us for our country is falling away from the teachings of Christ! Pray for us, holy saint!
Another story of St. Anthony involves a horse. While St. Anthony was preaching, a local heretic came to him and stated that he would not believe in Our Lord's Real Presence in the Eucharist unless a horse would kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. St. Anthony prayed and then brought a horse in to the heretic. In St. Anthony's right hand was the Blessed Sacrament, and in his left, he held oats. The horse refused the oats and knelt before the Blessed Sacrament. The heretic repented and submitted himself to the Catholic Church.

St. Anthony died on June 13, 1231, at a young age. On January 19, 1946, St. Anthony was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony:

"Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints" O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.


May the votive solemnity of blessed Anthony, Thy Confessor and Doctor, O God, give joy to Thy Church: that she may ever be defended by spiritual aid and become worthy of everlasting joys. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


"Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions."

"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."


del_button June 13, 2006 at 1:20 PM
KP said...

dear moneybags, my friend and I were just talking about the eucharist the other night. We have some thoughts. What do you believe the be the main difference between the way Catholics view communion and the way Protestants view communion? I am not Catholic but I am familiar with some teaching. And I also apoligize for somewhat attacking your character as moneybags after reading your response to arevette's opinions. I have no right to address a priest that way. Another question I have, do you believe that the Catholic Church is the only true church or is salvation for all? And if you do believe that, can you show me it in the Holy Scriptures? I would love to have you post on my blog as well.

del_button June 13, 2006 at 2:37 PM
Moneybags said...

Here is my answer to your questions:

You ask very good questions :)

What do you believe the be the main difference between the way Catholics view communion and the way Protestants view communion?

First of all, I have to state that Catholics do not view Protestant Communion as legitimate. We realize that Jesus Christ gave the power to consecrate bread and wine to His disciples. This is clear at the Last Supper. And, these men passed down the power to do this through the priesthood. Through the imposition of hands, a man can be made a priest and can consecrate bread and wine. No protestant church has this power. Martin Luther was excoummunicated and could no longer celebrate the Sacraments along with all other people that broke away. Excommunication, a power given to the bishops/apostles, is observed in Matthew 18:18. Only the Catholic Church (and I believe the Eastern Othrodox) have a valid Communion.

Anyway, on to your question. Catholics view the Eucharist as the Real Presence of Christ. This means that at the moment of Consecration and henceforth, the bread and wine cease to be bread and wine. They truly and literally become the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord. The only thing remaining of bread and wine is called the "accidents", which is the appearance of bread and wine. We believe in transubstantiation. For Protestants, they believe in consubstantiation meaning that the Eucharist is both Christ and bread and wine. They believe it is both while Catholics believe the bread and wine cease to be and fully become Christ. In essence, the Eucharist to Protestants is like a sponge that soaks up the divinity of Christ. After their service, I think, they believe the bread and wine become bread and wine fully again. In Catholicism, the Eucharist becomes Christ at the moment of Consecration and remains Christ forever.

I am not Catholic but I am familiar with some teaching. And I also apoligize for somewhat attacking your character as moneybags after reading your response to arevette's opinions.

That is quite alright.

Do you believe that the Catholic Church is the only true church or is salvation for all?

I believe it is the Only True Church. We have to look at the Marks of the Church. There are 4 Marks of the Church of Jesus Christ.

1. One - Jesus made only one Church on St. Peter, not a collection of different churches (Rom 12:5, 1 Cor. 10:17, 12:13)

2. Holy - By His grace, Jesus makes the Church holy. While no member of the Church is perfect, the Church as an institution is perfect and holy becuase it is from Christ. This does not mean its policies are perfect. It means its defined dogmas are perfect (Eph. 5:25-27, Rev. 19:17-8)

3. Catholic - The word "Catholic" means "universal". We are the universal church because it is a gift to all peoples. Jesus told His disciples to baptize all nations (Mt. 28:19-20), and the Church as done this universal mission for nearly 2,000 years, since Jesus ascended into Heaven.

4. Apostolic - The Church of Christ must date back to the time of Jesus Christ. Only the Catholic Church does with St. Peter as the first Pope. Our traditions both oral and written (2 Thessalonians 2:15) are preached through an unbroken line of bishops dating to the apostles' time (2 Tim 2:2)

The Catholic Church holds the complete truth. However, I do believe people of other faiths can enter Heaven. I acknowledge that protestants will have the chance to enter Heaven. Salvation is possible for all. For those that live in exotic places and have never heard the Gospel, the Church and the Lord teaches that they will be judged according to the way they lived their life. So, I do believe non-Catholics can enter Heaven.

What I do know is that the Catholic Church is the only one that teaches the truth of Mary, Confession, Eucharist, etc. All other denominations, at least in part, teach errors. And, I want to belong to the True Church with the True Sacraments.

You asked for a verse. The verse that I look to is Matthew 16:18. In that verse, Our Lord gives St. Peter the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Peter is given the Church that Jesus came to start. St. Peter was the first Pope. For me, I don't need any other proof.

Please let me know if this helps, and I have a website that you might want to look at for more information on basic Catholic beliefs. I have two pages on the Eucharist, that could help answer your first question too:

del_button June 14, 2006 at 12:35 AM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Happy Feast day of St. Anthony! He's one of my favorite saints too.

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