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THE TRUE MARKS OF LOVE FOR GOD

THE TRUE MARKS OF LOVE FOR GOD

ST ANTHONY’S LOVE OF GOD

The true marks of love for God are – first, to be willing to do or to sacrifice anything, whatever it may be, for the love of God; and, second, to think frequently of Him with real joy, to speak of Him, or with Him, in prayer; for “where thy treasure is there is thy heart also.” 

We find these true marks of love for God in Saint Anthony. 

For love of God, at the early age of fifteen, he bade farewell to his parents and all that high rank and worldly fortune offered him, and entered a monastery in order to make a complete sacrifice of his liberty and his will to God. Yet even this did not satisfy his ardent love.

After he had entered the Franciscans, his greatest desire was to be sent as a missionary to preach the Gospel in Africa, where he hoped to lay down his life for the faith. After long and earnest entreaty, he obtained the desired petition. But God had decreed he should be led by another way. He had barely set foot on the soil of Africa than he was seized with a severe illness, which left him so weak that there was nothing for him but to return to Spain. Here again God’s providence interposed; the ship in which he had embarked was within a few miles of Spain, when a sudden wind drove it on the coast of Sickly. On landing at Messina he learned that St Francis was holding a Chapter at Assisi, whither he repaired, despite his great weakness, in order to receive the holy founder’s blessing.

The love of God, as we said above, is manifested by the frequent thought of God; it was in this way that this virtue was particularly manifested in Saint Anthony. There are probably few saints with so deep and tender a love for God, or who have been favoured with so many special proofs of God’s love in return. It is almost incredible –  the number of conversions wrought and the many souls brought back to the faith by St Anthony, in a life of less than thirty-six years, and, despite weak health, rendered weaker by the practice of severe austerities.

Imitating the zeal of the Apostles, he went through all Italy, and his preaching, inflamed with divine love, drew all hearts and all minds to God, and was therefore blessed with the richest fruits. His efficacious love of God was rewarded by high graces of prayer, great lights and divine manifestations on the part of God.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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ST ANTHONY’S BREAD

ST ANTHONY’S BREAD

The recent growth in devotion to St Anthony of Padua has become so marked as to call forth exclamations of astonishment from even the Catholic Press. This new fervour towards the great wonder worker of the Franciscan Order is one of the most consoling signs of the times, and it seems, moreover, to supply a special need of our day. Nowhere has this increase of devotion been more marked than in France, where it has taken the form of a new charity, known as “St Anthony’s Bread“.

How did it all start?

The origin of this charity, the fame of which is spreading rapidly throughout all the world, is thus described.

One morning in November, in the year 1892, Mlle. Bouffier, a poor shop-keeper of Toulon, found it impossible to open her shop door. The safety lock seemed broken, and she called a locksmith. After trying all the keys on his ring, he gave up in despair, saying there was no resource but to break open the door. While the locksmith went in search of other tools, the shop-keeper prayed fervently to St Anthony, that the door might be opened without violence, promising, if her request should be granted, to distribute a certain number of loaves to the poor in his honour. She then begged the locksmith to make another effort with his keys, and, taking one at random, the door flew open without the slightest difficulty.

A rapidly growing devotion

After this simple evidence of St Anthony’s power, his clients increased so rapidly in Toulon that Mlle. Bouffier, with the assistance of her friends, founded a work of charity called the “Bread of St Anthony”. In the room behind the shop they placed a statue of the Saint with a lamp burning before it, and under the lamp two boxes – one to receive the written requests and promises made to St Anthony, and the other to receive money to buy bread for the poor.

A humble oratory

From the beginning, large crowds flocked to this humble oratory. Soldiers and officers knelt to pray; and naval captains, before setting out for a long cruise, came to commend themselves and their ships. Mothers came to beg health for their children or other favours for grown sons and daughters. Many came to implore the conversion of a soul dear to them, while servants or work-women without employment came to beg the Saint’s protection.

Amazing miracles

In the fullness of time rumours of the wonders wrought through St Anthony’s intercession at Toulon reached Paris, Lyons, Bordeaux, Marseilles, and other large towns, and many chapels in these cities very soon contained the two boxes for the offerings which have now well nigh universal throughout France.

How to do this yourselves

“St Anthony’s Bread” is obtained in a simple way. All a member of any Congregation has to do is to write his or her request on a piece of paper, adding a promise that if by the expiration of a given time such the Saint should secure the fulfilment of request a certain sum of money will be placed in the collection box to buy bread for the poor. These written requests may be either of a spiritual or a temporal character. They may properly include requests for success in any legitimate enterprise, the grace to overcome the proneness to commit a certain sin, the conversion of a relative or friend to the true faith, etc., etc. The request may have reference to the writer only, or to relatives, friends, or even strangers.

Bread and other goods/services for the poor 

When the favour is obtained, the sum of money promised – with an addition of course if desired – is to be deposited in the box. This money is devoted to purchasing and distributing “St Anthony’s Bread”. By this latter is understood as meaning not only food, but also clothing and medical attendance – in fact, everything necessary for the relief of the poor and of the suffering poor in particular.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons Ltd., Leeds, 1916

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2017 in Devotions

 

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PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY FOR THE RECOVERY OF LOST GRACES

PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY FOR THE RECOVERY OF LOST GRACES

O great and faithful friend of the Lord! who, by the great purity of thy heart, didst merit to see and converse with Him even in this life, thou to whom He has granted, according to the firm belief of the faithful, the gift of recovering for those who invoke thee the precious gifts which they had lost, obtain for us (or for N.) by thy prayers and merits, all the holy friendship and union with God which we should have had if we had always been faithful to him. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, A Manual of Devotions, Compiled and Translated From Approved Sources, by Joseph O’Malley Moore, Franciscan Tertiary, Laverty & Sons, 1, Hillary Place, Leeds, 1916. Nihil Obstat: Eduardus Holland. Carm. D. Censor Deputatus. Imprimi Potest: + Gulielmus, Archiep. Dublinensis, Hiberniæ Primas. Dublini, die 2 Julii, 1916. (In all the following blog posts, this source will be referred to as: St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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PRAYER TO ST ANTHONY FOR A HOLY CHRISTIAN LIFE

O St Anthony, model of great holiness, help me to live as a true Christian, faithful to grace and to the promises of my Baptism.

You know the great dangers and difficulties that surround me; grant that I may overcome all the temptations to evil and sin and have the strength to witness my faith courageously.

Obtain for me a heart that is capable of loving God above all things, a heart that is ready to accept the holy will of God even when He asks of me sacrifice and renunciation.

Open my soul to a generous and sincere love towards my sisters and my brothers, in a manner that I not be closed within myself but be disposed to serve my neighbours, to console them who suffer, and to help them who are in need. Amen.
(with ecclesiastical approval)

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: ALL THE DATES AND VENUES OF ST ANTHONY’S RELICS’ UK VISIT

ST ANTHONY’S RELICS VISIT UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 3

÷ A MESSENGER OF HOPE FROM PADUA, ITALY ÷

• Thursday, October 24
BELFAST
St Peter’s Cathedral
St Peter’s Square, Belfast
Ph.: 028 9032 7573

• Saturday, October 26
GLASGOW
Blessed John Duns Scotus Church
270 Ballater St, Gorbals, Glasgow
Ph.: 141 429 0740

• Sunday, October 27
ABERDEEN
St Mary’s Cathedral
20 Huntly St, Aberdeen
Ph.: 1224 640 160

• Monday, October 28
NEWCASTLE
St Anthony of Padua Parish
Welbeck Road, Walker,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Ph.: 0191 262 3817

• Tuesday, October 29
MANCHESTER
All Saints Franciscan Friary Church
Redclyffe Road, Urmston,
Manchester
Ph.: 0161 749 7626

• Wednesday, October 30
LIVERPOOL
St Anthony’s Friary
1 Elmsley Road, Mossley Hill,
Liverpool
Ph.: 151 724 2109

• Thursday, October 31
CHESTER
St Francis’s Church
Grosvenor Street, Chester
Ph.: 0124 435 1331

• Friday, November 1
LONDON
St George’s Cathedral
Southwark, Lambeth Road, London
Ph.: 020 7928 5256

• Saturday, November 2
LONDON
Westminster Cathedral
Victoria Street, Cathedral Piazza, London
Ph.: 020 7798 9055

• Sunday, November 3
LONDON
St Peter’s Italian Church
136 Clerkenwell Rd, London
Ph.: 020 7837 1528

The Veneration Events are sponsored by: Messenger of Saint Anthony: http://www.saintanthonyofpadua.net (external link) and The Greyfriars of Britain and Ireland: http://www.thegreyfriars.org (external link)

 
 

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A PRAYER INCL. REQUEST TO ST ANTHONY (BREAD TO BE OFFERED WITH THE PRAYER)

We have recourse to you, most powerful worker of miracles, in whose breast burned a sublime fire of charity towards God and the poor.

We betake ourselves to you, who were deemed worthy to hold in your arms the Infant Jesus Who chose to be born poor for us. We turn to you full of confidence, that you may ask the good Jesus to have compassion on us in our great tribulation.

Obtain for us the favour we humbly implore, O Glorious St Anthony. And we will offer you bread for your poor whom you did love so greatly on earth.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father.

 
 

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