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Monday of last week I received the Paduan Anthonians’ online newsletter, Messenger, showcasing St. Anthony’s Sermons for Sundays and Festivals.  I was so excited that I emailed Steven right away about getting the book and then forgot to place the order.

St. Anthony’s insights

The following day I was leafing through my prayer booklet when the proverbial rose leaf fell on this Chicken Little’s tail.  Sometimes the best surprises are in plain sight!  On the front inside cover of my prayer booklet were St. Anthony’s thoughts on prayer.

Prayer is directing our affections toward God.  It is a devout and friendly talk with him.  It is the tranquility of a mind illumined from above.

Prayer is also a plea for temporal goods that are necessary for earthly life.  But those who pray ask the Lord with a true Christian spirit to subordinate their own wills to his [since] only the heavenly Father knows what one really needs in the temporal order.

Finally, prayer is thanksgiving, that is, an acknowledgement of benefits received and an offering of all our undertakings to God so that our prayer may be a lasting one.

The Lord manifests himself to those who pause while in peace and humility of heart.  If you look into the murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see your own countenance.  If you want the face of Christ to appear in your countenance, pause, collect your thoughts in silence, and shut the door of the soul to the noise of exterior things.

The greetings of the angels and the blessings of the good are not for those who live in public squares, that is, outside of themselves, agitated and distracted.  The sweet Ave was addressed to the Virgin Mary when she was absorbed in prayer, in the privacy of her house….  God, in order to be able to speak to the soul and fill it with the knowledge of his love, leads it to the solitude, detaching it from preoccupations of earthly things.  He speaks to the ears of those who are silent and makes them hear his secrets (from the Sermons of St. Anthony; Companions of St. Anthony, n. d.).

CompanionPrayersHow could I have missed the message when I’d read the prayers cover to cover for more than a decade? 

Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.  You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart.  In fact, on certain occasions you should only speak to him with your heart (Padre Pio).

Then I remembered what I’d forgotten to do the week before.

I called the Anthonians to order St. Anthony’s Sermons for Sundays and Festivals.

Contact information

You can reach the Anthonian Association of the Friends of St. Anthony of Padua by mail at 101 Saint Anthony Drive, Mount Saint Francis, IN 47146-9001.  Or you can call 1.812.923.6356 (fax 1.812.923.3200), if you prefer.  The staff is very friendly!

September 17, 2010

I emailed the Anthonians and received a quick response.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks for your interest in our publications.

The price for one volume of Saint Anthony’s Sermons for Sundays and Festivals (S&H included) is $32; for two volumes, $55; and for all four volumes, $96.  Please note that the amount of $96 can be for  four copies of any one of the four volumes or the four-volume complete set of Saint Anthony’s Sermons.

If you wish to place an order you may do so by sending cash, check or a money order to the Anthonian Association at the address listed below.  If you wish to expedite the order and use a credit card (Visa or MC)… please do not send credit card information via the Internet, but fax it to our office.  Should you need additional assistance, please let us know the best times to call you so that we can get back to you quickly.

        

        

SERMONS FOR SUNDAYS AND FESTIVALS VOL. 1, 2, 3, and 4… 
St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) is one of the most popular saints of Christendom, renowned for his miracles and his concern for the poor.  It is less well known that he was the first great theologian and teacher of the early Franciscan Order.

Commissioned by Francis himself to teach theology to the friars, he fulfilled this task by composing his Opus Evangeliorum, a set of Commentaries on the Sunday Gospels. Beginning this work while superior at Limoges, he completed it at Padua.  A little later, he undertook a second set on the Festivals and other important days, such as Ash Wednesday.

This work was barely half finished at his death.  Both these works are now for the first time translated in their entirety into English from the Critical Edition of the Latin text published by the Centro Studi Antoniani at Padua in 1976.  The translation, introductory material, and notes for volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4 are by Fr. Paul Spilsbury.

Invoking Saint Anthony’s blessing upon you, we accompany our greetings with prayers for you and your loved ones.

10:06 A.M.

I just got off the phone with Maria, operations manager for the Anthonian Association.  What a lovely conversation!  She’s more than happy to assist anyone interested in placing a book order and/or a magazine subscription.

Next week I’ll receive not only my four-volume set, but also a free copy of Messenger of St. Anthony to preview.  The magazine’s published by the friars at the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy; and, with my paid subscription, I’ll also receive a St. Anthony calendar.  What a treat!

September 20, 2010

StAnthony-miraclesOh, my gosh!  I couldn’t believe my eyes when Steven got in from checking the mail. 

“Your four-volume set is on your desk.” 

Talk about expeditious service! 

And what should I see on the back cover of my first copy of Messenger but an order form for The Book on St. Anthony’s Miracles!  I just emailed Maria to request a copy.  Happy day!

September 22, 2010

Maria called and spoke with Steven.  The book sold out, so it’ll be six weeks before I get my copy.  Nevertheless, something that special is worth waiting for.  If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, the book sells for eleven dollars.

October 9, 2010

The Book on St. Anthony’s Miracles (Gamboso, 2008) arrived sooner than expected!  Its 109 pages— eight chapters of miracles and other anecdotes— are an abstract based on Arnaldo de Serranno’s Chronicle of the XXIV Generals, which was written in the mid-fourteenth century.  Plus, I received the October issue of Messenger and a 2011 St. Anthony calendar with beautiful pictures that highlight his life.  All worth the wait!

November 4, 2012

“In meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in other men” (St. Charles Borromeo).

December 23, 2013

“Silence my mind and heart, Father, and give me the grace to hear your voice” (the Word among us, Advent 2013, p. 41).

May 8, 2014

One should preach not from one’s rational mind but rather from the heart.  Only that which is from the heart can touch another heart (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica).

September 22, 2014

We, too, are called to withdraw at certain intervals into deeper silence and aloneness with God, together as a community as well as personally; to be alone with him— not with our books, thoughts, and memories but completely stripped of everything— to dwell lovingly in his presence, silent, empty, expectant, and motionless.  We cannot find God in noise or agitation
(Blessed Teresa of Calcutta).

October 6, 2014

“Only those who have experienced the solitude and silence of the wilderness can know what benefit and divine joy they bring to those who love them” (St. Bruno).

May 18, 2015

When we ponder the Word of God, we need to set aside our presumptions of what God is saying.  We need to let God take the lead in the conversation as we open ourselves to the unexpected, the disconcerting, and the surprising.

It takes great courage to listen, O God.  Give me a receptive mind and heart that will be attentive to what stirs within.  Draw me into considerations that I had not anticipated and change my life in ways that only you could envision (Sister Maria Tasto, OSB, 1938-2014).

December 7, 2015

“Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven; and meditation, the eye wherewith we see God” (St. Ambrose).

June 17, 2016

“He who prays most receives most” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

November 4, 2016

Seek by reading and you will find by meditating.  Knock by praying, and it will be opened to you in contemplation (St. John of the Cross).

November 7, 2016

Praying means conversation with God.  This conversation is life (Romano Guardini, The Rosary of Our Lady).

Shun useless conversation.  We lose by it both time and the spirit of devotion (St. Thomas Aquinas).

April 9, 2017

The saints are like the stars.  In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so.  Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ (St. Anthony of Padua in Sermons).

July 31, 2017

As in loving, praying does not confine itself to one particular practice, way, or method, but is open to all and is defined by all to the extent that all serve as means to creating a space of deeper freedom leading the person to an evermore intimate and loving encounter between the lover and the beloved.

The ultimate goal of praying lies not in formulating one magical method, nor in searching for the correct acts and practices of devotion, nor in developing some perfect religious rituals and ceremonies, though all remain helpful and necessary.  Ultimately, prayer orients, leads, and unites the individual person with the Divine (Robert J. Wicks in Prayer in the Catholic Tradition).

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Links of interest…  Anthonians: Messenger of St. Anthony (editorials) / St. Anthony USA (petitions; portal to Italian website)…  Companions of St. Anthony…  Franciscan: national shrine / prayer book (prayer)…  General principles for effective prayer…  In the heart of the world: book / quotes (Mother Teresa)…  Let prayer bring peace to your soul…  Listen for Jesus in peaceful silence…  Pray to God in secret…  Prayer: inward / more / paradox of holiness & communion / point / sure path to freedom…  Prepare your heart to pray…  Sound of silence…  St. Anthony: for peace of mind / prayers (more) / thanksgiving (pdf)…

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