Monday, January 26, 2015

St. Anthony's Sermons - The Ark Which Thou Hast Sanctified

St. Anthony explains the text in Psalm 131: 8, "Arise, O Lord into Thy resting place: Thou and the Ark, which Thou hast sanctified. " St. Anthony says that the first part of this verse refers to Christ's Resurrection and Ascension, the second part to the "Ark which Thou hast sanctified," i.e. to Christ's Blessed Mother the Virgin Mary, whom He took up to Himself into Heaven.
Continuing with the thought of the "ark which the Lord had sanctified", St. Anthony compares the Virgin Mary with the ark of Noah which after the flood finally rested on Mt. Ararat in the mountains, because in her Assumption she "was placed above the choirs of Angels."

Thursday, January 15, 2015

XXIV World Day Of Prayer For The Sick

XXIV World Day of Prayer for the Sick - February 11th 2015 - “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame.” Job 29:15
Every year, on February 11th. the Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick. Around the Tomb of Saint Anthony in his Basilica in Padua, countless signs and testimonies of healings and graces take place. For all of his life, Saint Anthony held a special place in his heart for the sick and suffering, showing them particular compassion and mercy. Everywhere in the world people who are sick or suffering look to the ‘Saint of Miracles’ with confidence, and ask for the gift of bodily and spiritual health. Do you know someone who is sick or suffering? Would you like the friars of Saint Anthony’s Basilica, to pray for them? Let them include you and your loved ones in their prayers in a special Mass at 8:15 am at the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua on Wednesday February 11th, 2015.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Watch A Free Movie of St. Anthony of Padua (1931)

We hope you enjoy this beautiful little film from the silent movie era, with subtitles in English and Italian~

Friday, January 2, 2015

Prayer To St. Anthony For Poor Children

For the Christmas season, when we thank Our Lord Jesus for coming to us as a Child, a prayer for all of His little ones:

Saint Anthony, your love for the Infant Jesus made Him present to you to see and hold in your arms. Help us to see and love Our Lord Jesus Christ in all the poor and suffering of the world. Move us to cloth, feed and help Jesus, in all unwanted, abused and abandoned children and people. Lead us, for the sake of Jesus, who became a child like one of us, to reverence and protect all human life from its very beginning to its natural end. Amen.