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PRESSING NEEDS – MISCELLANEOUS PRAYERS TO ST ANTHONY

Let us pray: O God, you give joy to your Church by celebrating the feast of blessed Anthony, your confessor and doctor; ever strengthen it by spiritual aid, so that it may be found worthy to enjoy eternal happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear St Anthony, you took the words of Jesus seriously: “Be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Church honours you as a Christian hero, a man wholly dedicated to God’s glory and the good of the redeemed. St Anthony, model of perfection, ask Jesus to strengthen my good dispositions and to make me more like you, more like Him. Obtain for me the other favours I need (name them). Amen.

Glorious St Anthony, you were prompt to fulfil all justice. You gave God and His creation the service He required from you. You respected other people’s rights and treated them with kindness and understanding. St Anthony, zealous for justice, teach me the beauty of this virtue. Make me prompt to fulfil all justice toward God and toward all creation. Help me also in my pressing needs (name them). Amen.

Dear St Anthony, comforting the sorrowful is a Christian duty and a work of mercy. By word, attitude, and deed I should try to brighten their days and make their burden easier to bear. St Anthony, Consoler of the Afflicted, may I remember when helping someone in sorrow that I am helping Christ Himself. Kindly mention my pressing needs to Him (name your special requests). Amen.

 

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“IT IS GOOD TO LIVE EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT ALWAYS PERCEIVE IT. I AM WANTED”

BY POPE BENEDICT XVI

“Father – with this word I express my certainty that someone is there who hears me, who never leaves me alone, who is always present. I express my certainty that God, despite the infinite difference between him and me, is such that I can speak to him, may even address him familiarly as “thou” (German “du”). His greatness does not overwhelm me, does not reject me as insignificant and unimportant. Certainly I am subject to him as a child is subject to his father, yet there is such a fundamental similarity and likeness between him and me, yes, I am so important to him, I belong so closely to him, that I can rightly address him as “Father”.

My being born is not a mistake, then, but a grace. It is good to live even though I do not always perceive it. I am wanted; not a child of chance or necessity, but of choice and freedom. Therefore I shall also have a purpose in life; there will always be a meaning for me, a task designed just for me, there is a conception of me that I can seek and find and fulfil. When the school of life becoms unbearably hard, when I would like to cry out as Job did, as the psalmist did – then I can transform this cry into the word “Father” and the cry will gradually become a word, a reminder to trust, because from the Father’s perspective it is clear that my distress, yes, my agony, is part of the greater love for which I give thanks.”

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 7:7-12)

THE ONE WHO ASKS ALWAYS RECEIVES

Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him.

Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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“NO HUMAN LOVE IS ENTIRELY SATISFYING” – PSALM 63

We become weary of everything. No human love is entirely satisfying, for the shadow of separation or of death is over it. Only the One who is source of living water and not a cracked cistern can satisfy human thirst. Saint Augustine has expressed it in a celebrated phrase: “You have created us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
Our works, of course, count more for God than do our words, but in some way our desires are still more important. They mark an available space for God in us, the day he would wish to make us rich. Jesus and Mary in her Magnificat declare blessed those who hunger and thirst for God, and unhappy those who are satisfied.
Happy are we if at certain moments of our life, while meditating on the word of God, praying, or responding generously to God’s call, we have had an experience of God through the feelings which manifest him: peace, joy, security, inner conviction, fullness… Then we can kindle in others the love and thirst for God.

PSALM 63

O God, you are my God, it is you I seek;
for you my body longs and my soul thirsts,
as a dry and weary land without water.
Thus have I gazed upon you in the sanctuary,
to see your power and your glory.
Your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

I will bless you as long as I live,
lift up my hands and call on your name.
As with the richest food my soul will feast;
my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.

When I remember you on my bed
I think of you all through the night,
for you have been my help;
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you,
your right hand upholds me.
In vain they are after my life,
they will go down to the depths of the earth;
they will be delivered to the sword,
and become the prey of jackals.
The king will rejoice in God.
All who swear by God’s name will boast:
“At last slanderers’ tongues have been silenced.”

 
 

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