This week we are celebrating our patron saint, St. Anthony of Padua and I must say at the very beginning that he is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.
St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.
St Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome – please, don’t forget invoking his name whenever you need his help.
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. Upon realizing his psalter was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned to him. And it was found! Shortly after his death people began praying through Anthony to find or recover lost and stolen articles and they did.
Thank you so very much to all who were actively involved in preparation of our Corpus Christi Feast: those who did up the setting, those numerous choir members who sung so beautifully; Pastoral Council members, seniors, youth and environment group for bringing the flowers for the altars. I know, it was something new to all of you, but I hope you liked the way we celebrated that festive Mass. I hope we can repeat it next year as well.
Thank you also for staying after the Mass and coming to our Expo-Tent where we celebrated my birthday. Thank you for staying there for some time. I think it was a great “party” and I hope that by now you have some idea how our wedding banquets will look like in the future. Some of you gave me very good feedback on what they have seen. I pray that this “project” will bring not only a little bit revenue to our church but most importantly also more people to our community.