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St. Anthony Of Padua And The Heretics Mule 

St. Anthony Of Padua And The Heretics Mule 

St. ANTHONY of Padua and the Heretics Mule.

In the region of Tolosa, Blessed Anthony, having vehemently argued with a hardened heretic about the redeeming sacrament of the Eucharist, had nearly convinced and attracted him to the Catholic faith, except that, after many arguments in which he tried to back out, he added these words: 

“Let’s cut the chat and come to the facts. If you, Anthony, can prove with a miracle that in the Eucharist of believers there is, however hidden it may be, the true body of Christ, I will renounce every heresy and submit myself to the Catholic faith”. 

The Lord’s servant replied with great faith:

“I trust in my Saviour Jesus Christ that, for your conversion and for that of others, thanks to His mercy I will obtain what you ask”. 

The heretic stood up and, asking for silence with a gesture of his hand, said: 

“I’ll keep my beast of burden locked up for three days and I will starve him. After three days, in the presence of other people, I’ll let him out and I’ll show him some prepared fodder. You, on the other hand will show him what you believe to be the body of Christ. If the starving animal, ignoring the fodder, rushes to adore his God, I will sincerely believe in the faith of the Church”. 

The saint agreed straight away. The heretic then exclaimed: “Listen well, everyone!”. Why delay with many words? The day of the challenge arrived. People arrived from far and wide and filled up the square.

Christ’s servant, Anthony, was present surrounded by a crowd of faithful. The heretic too, with a number of his accomplices. God’s servant entered a nearby chapel, to perform the rites of the Mass with great devotion. Once finished, he exited where the people were waiting, carrying reverently the body of the Lord. The hungry mule was led out of the stall, and shown appetising food. Finally, asking for silence the man of God said to the animal with great faith: 

“In the name of virtue and the Creator, who I, although unworthy, am carrying in my hands, I ask you, o beast, and I order you to come closer quickly and with humility and to show just veneration, so that the malevolent heretics will learn from this gesture that every creature is subject to the Lord, as held in the hands with priestly dignity on the altar”. 

God’s servant had hardly finished speaking, when the animal, ignoring the fodder, knelt down and lowered his head to the floor, thus genuflecting before the living sacrament of the body of Christ. The faithful were filled with uncontrollable joy, the heretics and non-believers were filled with sadness and humiliation. God was praised and blessed, the Catholic faith was honoured and exalted; heretical depravity was shamed and condemned with everlasting insults. The heretic, renounced his doctrine in front of all present, and from then on was obedient to the precepts of the holy Church.

St. Anthony Of Padua’s Battle With Demons. 

St. Anthony Of Padua’s Battle With Demons. 


St. Anthony of Padua’s Battle with demons.

Saint Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon in 1195. He entered into the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine at a very young age and became a priest. However, one day he heard the tale of a martyr in Morocco from some Friars Minor, sent by Saint Francis of Assisi to announce the Gospel to the sultans. Fascinated by the spirit of the new order founded by Saint Francis, Fernando left his own order and joined the Friars Minor, taking the name of Anthony. Thanks to his great eloquence, his superiors sent him to Italy to preach. He ended up in the city of Padua, where he preached the Lenten sermons that upset the entire town.

Often Satan tormented Saint Anthony with diabolic illusions when he retired in prayer to his small hermitage of Brive. Often times fellow petitioners, that wanted to imitate his love for the poor and lonely, would join him. When the supply of food ended, Saint Anthony would send them to look for help in the nearby village. One night, on the way back from the village, some of his friends saw a band of pimps that were destroying a camp of one of their benefactors. They went right away to warn the Saint.

Saint Anthony replied to them: “Do not be afraid. It is only a decoy from the demon that wants to distract you from prayer.” The next day, in fact, the camp of the benefactor was found completely intact just as Saint Anthony assured them.

A case of diabolical obsession, that yielded to the power of St Anthony of Padua, was recorded in Portugal during the reign of King Denis:

Under the guise of a heavenly visitant, the devil frequently appeared to a woman of Lisbon and urged her to throw herself into the river Tagus in order to obtain the remission of her sins and eternal happiness. 

The tormented woman at length decided to drown herself. Passing a Franciscan chapel on her way to the river, she entered, and kneeling before the altar of St. Anthony, implored the Saint to help her save her soul. Overcome by fatigue, she fell asleep.

During her slumber St Anthony appeared to her, revealed the deceit of the “father of lies” and released her from the obsession. On awaking, the woman found a letter which the Saint had given her during the vision. It contained the prayer now known as the “Brief of St Anthony.” The original of Saint Anthonys Brief was preserved with the crown jewels by the King of Portugal. Pope Sixtus V caused the efficacious lines to be inscribed on an obelisk, which he had erected in the quadrangle in front of Saint Peter’s. 

It was here he died in 1227. After his death the miracles obtained through his intersessions were so numerous that he was canonized the following year.


SAINT ANTHONY’S BRIEF.

Behold the Cross of the Lord!

Fly, ye powers of darkness!

The Lion of the tribe of Judah,

the root of David, has conquered.

Alleluia!

It is a devout practice to wear this blessing known as Saint Anthonys Brief on one’s person, or to put it up in the home, and often repeat it.

Passion of Christ comfort me! Comfort me for the day is long and weary, comfort me as I fight my way up the path of life safe to the haven of Thy Sacred Heart. Comfort me in pain and sorrow and tribulation, comfort me when temptation rages around me and every hope seems lost. And when that last dread hour has sounded and my eyes are closing on this world of sin, Passion of Christ! comfort me then, and lead me gently to Thy Wounded Feet above. Amen.

Skeleton And Tongue of St. Anthony of Padua

Skeleton And Tongue of St. Anthony of Padua

MYSTICS OF THE CHURCH

When the casket of St. Anthony was opened in 1263, something unusual was noticed just below the skull: it was a portion of flesh of a fresh reddish colour. This was the Saint’s tongue which was found to be perfectly preserved.
Pilgrims were being given the chance to see the 13th Century remains of St Anthony which go on display in a glass case in Italy.

The display, was in a chapel of his tomb in Padua and marks the feast of the transfer of St Anthony, also known as the ‘feast of the tongue’.

This commemorates the first time his remains were moved in 1263, under the direction of St Bonaventure, and the final transfer to Relics Chapel of Padua’s Basilica on February 15 1350.

St Anthony, patron saint of Padua, is also known as Anthony of Lisbon. When his coffin was moved 30 years after his burial it was opened and it is claimed most of his body was found to have returned to dust.

However his tongue remained fresh, which was seen as a sign of his gift of preaching, and was kept in a separate relic box.

Anthony’s relics were last displayed in 1981, marking the 750th anniversary of his death. He is one of the ‘quickest’ saints in the history of the Catholic Church as he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX less than one year after he died.

Today he is one of the most famous saints and is often called upon by Catholics to help find lost possessions. He is also remembered as the namesake for the city of San Antonio, Texas; Spanish explorers in the area stopped there on his feast day (June 13) and named the river and settlement after him.

St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for us!

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