Autumn is such an amazing season when earth bursts forth into blazing shades of bright red, yellow and purple before it surrenders to the monochrome of winter. Such extravagant show may seem futile as everything is hushed into the dead of winter. Yet nature offers no resistance, nor does it seem to fear the impending loss. Rather the vibrant foliage seems to playfully taunt the futility which follows it because the promised new life of Spring is really not far ahead. I think this lesson of hope from nature is reflected from the words of St. Paul, "for creation was made subject to futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope that creation itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God." (Rom. 8:20-21)
Such reassuring words from Scripture of God's saving work is preeminently displayed in the Church's liturgical celebrations during the month of November. The Solemnity of All Saints reminds us that our heavenly friends who courageously endured the futility of this passing age have now been crowned with happiness beyond human understanding - and with them, we too hope to "share in the glorious freedom of the children of God." The remembrance of All Souls reminds us that our deceased loved ones are indeed full of hope for the "souls of the just are in the hand of God" (Wisdom 3:1). Even the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day which we celebrate at the end of the month summon us together to count our blessings and gratefully share them as gifts to others. Nature's magnificent display in autumn truly invites us to add more color to life through the splendid hues of Christian charity that we all must bring forth to the world.
Here at the Shrine of St. Anthony, the Home of the Companions, the golden bust of the saint shines ever brighter as the backdrop of autumn shades peak along our wooded trails. The gold tone of the reliquary symbolizes not only St. Anthony's exceptional virtues but the virtues too of all his Companions. We can never thank God enough for the witness of all these living saints who bring to life the delicate colors of Christian discipleship. We thank you all for accompanying us and for making the world a more fitting gift to God.
Saint Anthony 13 Tuesday Novena - Week 7: St Anthony, Lover of the Eucharist
Recite together: Anthony, through youteaching and preaching you bore witness to the loving presence of God in all of creation. Now that you have come into the fullness of the kingdom, pray for us that our lives might also proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all humanity.
Leader: Pray for us, St. Anthony. All: Help us become worthy of the promises of Christ. Leader: Let us pray. Almighty, eternal God, you have given your people St. Anthony as an outstanding preacher and intercessor in times of need. Grant that with his help we may follow the example of Christian living and experience your support in all adversities. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Recite the peition for the particular week: St. Anthony - Lover of the Eucharist - help us find true devotion to Christ present in the sacrament by heeding His call to service. (Pause)
Recite together: St. Anthony, you raised your voice in praise of God and led others to acclaim His name. Instill in me that same spirit of awe and reverence for the God who loves us forever and ever. Amen.
Leader: Let us pray. O God, may you be glorified by our companionship with St. Anthony, the friar, priest, and doctor of the Gospels. Through the thirteen weeks of prayer, may we be renewed in faith, hope, and charity. We ask this with confident trust that through the intercession of St. Anthony,you will bring us to the rewards of eternal life promised by Christ our Lord. Amen. ... See MoreSee Less
"How great is the love of God for us! He sends us his only Son for us to love Him, without which life is to die for he who does not love remains in death. If God loved us so much to give us his beloved Son, in whom all things were made, we also ought to love one another." - St. Anthony of Padua ... See MoreSee Less
Prayers for all our Bishops. And please put our Tabernacle back on the center of the altar. I don't think that God is pleased that. His church had taken him away from the main altar where he once was . pray for his Holy Mother the Holy Apostolic Church.
Praying for you
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Praying for our Bishop. Amen
Do you know who your Bishop is? If yes, pray for him by name!