Wednesday, June 13, 2007

St. Anthony of Padua

My meditation for today, in OSV's My Daily Visitor, is about St. Anthony of Padua:

The Language of God

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231; proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1946) was known for outstanding preaching. He said: "The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others." Anthony's own humility and obedience were evident in the path he chose, so different from the privileged life his parents had planned for him.

Many of us have turned to St. Anthony when we've misplaced our car keys, but we can also ask this patron saint of finding lost objects to restore humility, poverty, patience and obedience when those virtues seem nowhere to be found.

St. Anthony, pray for us!

Now ... back to my birthday girl, Betsy.

This morning, we found ourselves invoking St. Anthony's name and thing-finding prayers. The bracelet she recently bought is missing. The many links she got for her birthday are right here, patiently waiting to be attached to their new home.

As soon as we can find it.

St. Anthony, pray for us!

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