Day One – St. Anthony of Padua, Worker of Miracles
Quotes of St. Anthony:
“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.”
"Charity is the soul of faith, makes it alive; without love, faith dies.”
How many times have we not paid attention to the little “gifts” God sends us during the day when we are fully engaged with the raging storms in our lives? We are too busy replaying words and situations in our minds. It could be words that someone hurtfully said to us, how the doctor phrased a serious illness – even words of fear over a financial or housing crisis. We might scream out a few words to Jesus, like “help me please” but our minds nonetheless return to the repeated cycle of worry, fear and anxiety.
Long-time devotees of St. Anthony have found a better way to approach life’s constant stream of needs, a way to kick those unwanted emotions and challenges to the curb! When you have St. Anthony whispering the deepest desires of your heart in the ear of the Child Jesus, unexpected graces will arrive during any unsolved problem or dilemma.
Dearest St. Anthony, I salute you, great saint, for you are the cherub of wisdom and the seraph of divine love. I rejoice at all the favors God has so liberally bestowed upon you. I beg you to help me, for God has given you charity and pity as well as power. You already know the many needs of my soul and body, my distress, my anxieties and my fears. Please come to my aid, I beseech you, by the love you have felt when the Child Jesus laid in your arms and when He covered you with His caresses. Tell Him now of my needs! Remember how complete your happiness was when you held Him to your breast and pressed your check to His and listened to His sweet voice!
I salute you in spirit, O glorious favorite of God, and bow my guilty head before you in humble reverence, while I raise my sad heart, full of hope towards heaven and to you, for He who placed Himself in your arms will now fill your hands with all I ask of you. Give me then what I ask for, dear St. Anthony and I will make known the wonderous miracles of your intercession, for the honor and Glory of God. (Mention your intentions now and especially ask for the continued good health to Cardinal Burke.)
O Good St. Anthony, pray for us.
O Good St. Anthony, help us.
O Good St. Anthony, keep us from sin.
O Good St. Anthony, heal the sick.
O Good St. Anthony, console the afflicted.
O Good St. Anthony, convert the poor sinners.
O Good St. Anthony, have pity on the needy.
O Good St. Anthony, bless our homes and families.
O Good St. Anthony, guide and protect us.
O Good St. Anthony, teach us to love God better.
O Good St. Anthony, we love thee.
O Good St. Anthony, Bless us in life and in death.