Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Winner of the Poll - St. Anthony

If the reader doesn't know about St. Anthony's life, please go here: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=24. But what St. Anthony is known for is his pure love for God, and how he helps us find thing. But why do we pray to him to find something lost? Here's the story: 


"The reason for invoking St. Anthony’s help in finding lost or stolen things is traced back to an incident in his own life. As the story goes, Anthony had a book of psalms that was very important to him. Besides the value of any book before the invention of printing, the psalter had the notes and comments he had made to use in teaching students in his Franciscan Order. A novice who had already grown tired of living religious life decided to depart the community. Besides going AWOL he also took Anthony’s psalter! Upon realizing his psalter was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned to him. And after his prayer the thieving novice was moved to return the psalter to Anthony and to return to the Order, which accepted him back. Legend has embroidered this story a bit. It has the novice stopped in his flight by a horrible devil, brandishing an ax and threatening to trample him underfoot if he did not immediately return the book. Obviously a devil would hardly command anyone to do something good. But the core of the story would seem to be true. And the stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna."
(from: http://www.stanthony.org/index.php/faqs/)

 But St. Anthony isn't just for lost things, he gives us an amazing example on how to live a Catholic life and how to become holy. Let us then read some of his helpful quotes:


"Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft."


"The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit."


"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."


“Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul.”


"The Lord manifests Himself to those who stop for some time in peace and humility of heart. If you look in murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see the reflection of your face. If you want to see the face of Christ, stop and collect your thoughts in silence, and close the door of your soul to the noise of external things."


 St. Anthony shows us that growing in God's holiness consists in giving all to Christ, shutting the door to worldly things, and embracing the virtue of poverty and charity. He gives us a beautiful example of humility, purity, and a burning love for God. Let us then follow in his footsteps and give ourselves completely to Christ. Pax Tecum!