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June 13

FOCUS:    When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.

Reflection

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1 Kings 21: 1-16

Psalm 5

Matthew 5: 38-42

 

Where are my keys?  Seen my wallet?  Anyone seen my cell phone?  My kid has completely lost his way.  Today we celebrate the feast day of one of the most popular saints – Sant Anthony of Padua, born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, is a Doctor of the Church meaning we should pay particular attention to his teachings.  St. Anthony was well respected for his oratory ability, his preaching made his reputation as a wonderful man of God known to St Francis of Assisi.  In 1224, St. Francis entrusted the development of novitiates to St Anthony.

 

St. Anthony is widely known as the patron saint of lost things.  St. Anthony had a book of Psalms and his notes regarding those Psalms stolen from him by a young friar who ran away with them.  Through prayer, the young man returned the book and returned to the Order – thus St. Anthony became the patron of things lost.  I’m telling you, his intercession works!

 

St Peter’s in the Loop is a wonderful church in Chicago where many people working in the Loop attend daily Mass, they have confession available all day long, and Adoration in the afternoon.  On Tuesdays they pray for the intercession of St. Anthony.  There is something very special about that continual intercession of St. Anthony, seeking his help with just about everything.

 

That young man who stole the Psalms book from St. Anthony was forgiven immediately by St. Anthony – exactly what Jesus calls us to do in today’s gospel.  Look what happened when St. Anthony forgave the young man, he returned to the Order and became a priest!  A priest who went on to be at great service to others.  Forgiveness is incredibly healing – healing for others and especially for ourselves.  It aligns our souls with Jesus.  Who do you need to forgive today?  Please do not wait!  There are tremendous fruits of that forgiveness awaiting both of you!

 

Smile at God today!