Thanks to Fr. Mario Conte from the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy and Tom Muscatello, USA liaison at St. Adalbert Franciscan Friary in Elmhurst, NY, St. Anthony’s relics are visiting Texas later this month.
What a worthwhile endeavor that promises to be, considering that the extraordinary recollections (blog entries shared below) from our January 14, 2013 experience are still as fresh as this morning’s news. And, yes. We’ve already made plans to attend!
From “Words to ponder”
Fr. Mario visited the United States with two St. Anthony relics to commemorate the 750th anniversary of St. Bonaventure’s discovery of St. Anthony’s remains. So how could we possibly pass that up?
We caught up to him (them) at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Rockford, only an hour and thirty-eight minutes— not quite eighty-eight miles— northwest of Chicago. And, oh, the photo opportunities!
From “Holy relics”
When Steven learned that Father Mario from the Basilica in Italy would be in Illinois, he quickly made plans for us to attend Mass and the veneration of St. Anthony’s first-class relics at St. Anthony of Padua Church. And we had a phenomenal time!
Father Mario captivated all of us with wonderful stories about St. Anthony and gifted many of us with relics touched to St. Anthony’s tongue. The reliquary on the left holds part of St. Anthony’s floating rib; the one on the right, tissue from inside his cheek.
Then, before Father Mario retired for the evening, he did something totally unexpected: He blessed Steven and me with the small reliquary!
We were so taken with Father Mario that I wanted to bring him home with us! But he had places to go and people to see. After all, building community within God’s kingdom is what traveling with St. Anthony is all about!
Short Prayers for “Thirteen Tuesdays” and the prayer cards are from the Anthonian Association of the Friends of St. Anthony of Padua, 101 Saint Anthony Drive, Mount St. Francis, IN 47146-9001.
Links of interest… Friar Mario: meditations (videos), relics visit (Houston 2016), & “writing reed” / Messenger of St. Anthony (website) / St. Anthony USA (petitions; portal to Italian website) / wallpapers & images… He dwells among us… Help from heaven… Let prayer bring peace to your soul… Miracles… Nine Tuesdays devotion… Pray to God in secret… Prayer: inward / more / paradox of holiness & communion / point / sure path to freedom… Si quaeris miracula… Sound of silence… St. Anthony: about (more) / “ark of the covenant” (index – more) / biography / for peace of mind / glorious feast day / mail deliveries (S.A.G.) / miracles & traditions / shrine / thanksgiving (pdf) / wonder worker… St. Bonaventure… What’s the story with relics… YouTube: Hymn to St. Anthony of Padua (composed by Father Ike Carpio, OFM+; sung by Brother Ariel Manga, OFM) / Si quaeris miracula (sung by Padre Maurizio nella Basilica di San Francesco a Bologna)…
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