Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 13 June

a version of the 2014 computer based forensic reconstruction of the face of Saint Anthony of Padua based on a digital version of his skull; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsSaint Antony of Padua

Saint Antony of Padua deserves our honor on this day not only because of the fraternal union of the Orders of Saint Francis and Saint Dominic, but as a great apostle and wonder-worker, a Saint popular throughout the whole world. He entered first among the Canons Regular, but hearing of the martyrdom of several Friars Minor, the desire for imitating them led him into the Seraphic Order. For a long time he concealed his talents, but one day, the superior having ordered him to preach to a large audience of religious, the Spirit of God took such a hold of him during his discourse that all were in admiration. The Pope himself, after hearing him preach, called him “the Ark of the Testament,” so well did he use the treasures of Holy Scripture. He became one of the greatest apostles of his age and preached at Aries, Montpellier, Toulouse, Brives, Limoges, Bourges, etc. At the age of thirty-six he was ripe for heaven. On his deathbed Saint Antony sang the penitential Psalms with his brethren (1231). Blessed John of Vicenza, O.P., was charged with the inquiry for his canonization. He is invoked in order to find things lost and to obtain help against shipwreck (1231).

Prayer

O my God, give me simplicity of heart and language!

Examen on obedience

Are you assured that obedience is necessary for all, not only for religious? Do you submit to everything prescribed by legitimate authority, as for God, promptly and cheerfully? Do you not inspire others with a secret spirit of clique and rebellion?