It is13th June 2018. We celebrate the memorial of St Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church. He is known as the hammer of heretics. Once Augustinian Monk inspired by the martyrs of Franciscan Order from Morocco who pulled him to become a Franciscan friar. He wanted to be a martyr for Christ but his health did not allow him to achieve his vision. He was a priest and Franciscan Friar who was so humble and erudite in the Sacred Scripture. His faithfulness and love towards Jesus, brought the Lord to his personal room. He was gifted with bilocation and soul-searching sermons. A holy friar who held Jesus in his arms, pure like Lily, and lover of the Word of God. My most favourite intercessor and the admired saint in my life. Saint Anthony of Padua was introduced to me by my mother in such a young age. St. Anthony is not only a saint who intercedes for the lost material things but the expert in finding the lost souls. I am one of the lost souls found by St. Anthony of Padua. As a young man I never missed a Tuesday visiting the shrines dedicated to him in my town and praying through St. Anthony of Padua. Universally, Tuesdays are dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua. He is very powerful against the power of demons and devils on our life. A small and powerful prayer left by the Saint for us to recite daily against the demons and satanic intrusions. “Behold, the Cross of the Lord! Begone, all evil powers! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, The Root of David, has conquered! Alleluia, Alleluia!” St. Anthony’s Bread is distributed to the faithful when someone has received the favour through the intercession of the Saint. His prayers and novenas are truly powerful when it is prayed in faith. Fight against the evil and false prophets cannot be done without personal prayer, faithfulness, purity of heart and sufficient knowledge in Scripture. The readings are from 1 Kings 18:20-39; and the Gospel from Matthew 5:17-19. In the first reading, the prophet Elijah dealt with the false prophets on Mount Carmel. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Save me, Lord, I take refuge in you.” (Ps.16:1). The Gospel invites us not just be the experts in interpreting and explain the commandments of God rather to live and to inspire others by our obedience to the laws and decrees of the Lord. Let us stand up for God and Christ by taking a clear stand against the evil perpetrators and the evil itself. “But whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt.5:19). A saintly living cannot just happen without an enormous sacrifice and commitment. May the Lord help us to be inspired by the intercessions of St. Anthony of Padua. May you all have day filled with the blessings of the Lord through the Saint.

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