Three weeks ago Steven and I met up again with Fr. Mario Conte, OFM Conventual from the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy and Tom Muscatello, USA liaison from St. Adalbert Friary in Elmhurst, NY, and picked up right where we left off almost three years ago at St. Anthony’s in Rockford, IL, June 14, 2013.
What gorgeous grounds! I had no idea that Illinois could produce such green grass and beautiful plants, so— catching sight of the gardener— I walked a good distance to where he was and thanked him for making my day. In turn, Abelardo, who hails from Michoacán, Mexico, expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the opportunity to do what he loves. Then, in the middle of our lovely conversation, Steven called out that Mass would start soon so off I went after our cordial goodbyes.
Greeting Fr. Mario
“Look, there’s Fr. Mario. Here’s your chance. Go talk to him.”
I felt even more pressured when Steven walked up to Fr. Mario and they both turned to look at me.
Oh, my gosh! What could I do but smile?
I was so glad to finally meet Fr. Mario that I quickly forgot my appearance, and we’ve been in each other’s thoughts and prayers ever since.
Venerating St. Anthony
During Mass Fr. Mario welcomed Steven and me as “the two who traveled the farthest, all the way from Texas” to be among the faithful venerating St. Anthony’s first-class relics that evening. We felt so very specially blessed.
Good St. Anthony, in God’s providence you have secured for his people many marvelous favors. You have been especially celebrated, good
St. Anthony, for your goodness to the poor and the hungry, for finding employment for those seeking it, for your special care of those who travel, and for keeping safe from harm all who must be away from home.
You are widely known also, good St. Anthony, for securing peace in the family, for your delicate mercy in finding lost things, for safe delivery of messages, and for your concern for women in childbirth.
In honoring you, St. Anthony, for the many graces our Lord grants through your favor, we trustfully and confidently ask your aid in our present need.
V. Pray for us, good St. Anthony.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray… May it be a source of joy, O God, to your Church that we honor the memory of your confessor and doctor, St. Anthony. May his spiritual help always make us strong; and, by his assistance, may we enjoy an eternal reward. This we ask through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.
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!
Links of interest… Friar Mario: meditations (videos), relics visit, & “writing reed” / Messenger of St. Anthony (website) / St. Anthony USA (petitions; portal to Italian website)… Four quick facts about relics… Help from heaven… Holy relics (more – more)… Miracles… Nine Tuesdays devotion… Si quaeris miracula… 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. Anthony of Padua Church: diocesan page / parishes online / St. Joseph altars / video (100th anniversary) / website… St. Bonaventure (more) / about (more) / archive (more) / bishop & cardinal / memorial / patron (more) / prayer (liturgy archive – more – praying with) / sayings… 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)…
WP page… Words to ponder (January 9, 2013 & other related entries)
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