Saturday, June 12, 2010

Happy St Anthony Day!

Blessings and Greetings to the the "Anthonys" and variations of the name. Today is the feast of this popular Italian saint of the 13th century. His life is often dressed up in a bit of "catholic cringe" factor and he is credited as one of the real "pin-up" boys of the Church. Just do a google image search of Anthony of Padua and see what I mean!!

In life he was gifted scholar, speaker and wonder-worker. In death the Church appointed him as patron to so many tasks he probably hasn't had a chance to "Rest in Peace" to this day.

His duties and responsibilities includepatronage of:causes 
against barrenness
against shipwreck
against starvation
against starving
against sterility
Amantea, Italy
American Indians
amputees
animals
Anzio, Italy
asses
boatmen
Brazil
Beaumont, Texas, diocese of
Cianciana, Agrigento, Italy
domestic animals
Dorado, Puerto Rico
elderly people
expectant mothers
faith in the Blessed Sacrament
Favara, Italy
Ferrazzano, Italy
fishermen
Giano Vetusto, Italy
harvests
horses
Lisbon, Portugal
lost articles
lower animals
mail
mariners
Masbate, Philippines, diocese of
Nicolosi, Italy
oppressed people
Padua, Italy
paupers
poor people
Portugal
pregnant women
sailors
San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico
San Fulgencio, Spain
Sandia Indian Pueblo
seekers of lost articles
starving people
swineherds
Tigua Indians
travel hostesses
travellers
watermen

Behind the sugary hagiography lies the story of a man of faith and service, a man of his time with passion for truth, people and the needs of his era. Yeh, I still invoke him when things go missing and he has been part of my community of faith since my childhood days when his pic used to hang in my parents house over the bathroom door!!!.
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