Friday, June 13, 2008

If, then, you ask for miracles....

It is the feast of St Anthony the Wonderworker. In spite of the claims of Protestants and some modernist Catholics, it is not superstitious to ask St Anthony for help in finding lost articles. I could write a book about all the things he has found for me; things that I thought were gone forever. But it is not only in finding what is lost that St Anthony excels; he is a big brother and comforter in every kind of trial, especially in spiritual struggles. It is hard to explain to non-Catholics and "progressive" Catholics how a saint can be a friend; I would not even know where to begin. One must have trust, a child-like faith, and a sense of the Communion of Saints. The saints are our friends, our needs are their concerns and nothing is too small for their intercession.

Don Marco has written beautifully about St Anthony's bread and lilies.

Rorate Caeli has a sermon of St. Anthony's. He was a bold preacher and did not mince words.

Here is some information about St Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburgh, one of the most amazing and overlooked shrines in the world.

Today is also the anniversary of the second apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. Our Lady told the three children that Our Lord wished to establish in the world devotion to her Immaculate Heart. She showed them her heart encircled with thorns and said: "I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God." To ponder such words in the depths of contemplation is to share in the wonder of the mystery of God's mercy. Share


Low Flying Angel said...

Re Superstition I don't know.

But what I know is that as a non practising Catholic and considering myself a Christian Agnostic as I call it, basically this means I think God most likely exists he may not. I keep an open mind on Spiritual Issues. However I digress. Re St Anthony all I can say is...I lose something. I look for it, cannot find it. I ask St Anthony for help and IT ALWAYS WORKS. So I think its important to be open minded on these things.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, I am hoping he will find my breviary which I seem to have misplaced yesterday and it is driving me crazy.

elena maria vidal said...

Found it! St. Anthony rescued me yet again!