Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Saint Anthony of Padua, 2023


Saint Anthony of Padua

Today the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Anthony of Padua, a powerful intercessor for us when we have lost something.  One common prayer seeking St. Anthony’s intercession is

“Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony please come around.

Something is lost and needs to be found.”


I have prayed that prayer often, and it is amazing how often it works.


Why does Jesus grant prayers of intercession in these and lots of other situations when we seek Saint Anthony's intercession?


One of the reasons would seem to me to be because Jesus is searching and seeking us with all of His heart.  Jesus is praying that we, who were lost, might be found.  As the hymn “Amazing Grace” (a hymn that is not 100% theologically accurate) puts it, “I once was lost, but now am found”


How are we found by Jesus?  One of the surest ways is to go regularly to the Sacrament of confession, which is offered a few minutes after this Mass.  I am going to confession later tonight in Terre Haute.


Through the intercession of Saint Anthony of Padua, may we allow ourselves to once again be found by the loving and Sacred Heart of Jesus!

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