Venerating St. Anthony

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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.

Meeting Abelardo

SAP61413-119What 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

SAP61413-137I looked quite disheveled on entering church.  I hadn’t even combed my hair!  But there was Steven pushing past my I’m-not-ready moments.

“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.

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Prayers

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.

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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!

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Links of interest…  Day I made a batch of relics…  Friar Mario: meditations (videos) – relics visit / Messenger of St. Anthony (editorials) / St. Anthony USA (petitions; portal to Italian website)…  Four quick facts about relics…  Help from heaven…  Holy relics (first-class – more – venerating: how & why)…  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)…

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Recollections

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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.

Recollections

TM2216-StAWhat 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”

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.

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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!

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Contact information

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.

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Links of interest…  Friar Mario: meditations (videos) – relics visit (Houston 2016) / Messenger of St. Anthony (editorials) / 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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Advent prayers

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On Saturday I received a wonderful letter from Tom Muscatello with the Anthonians at St. Adalbert Friary in New York.  Tom caught us up on Father Mario’s latest adventures traveling with St. Anthony’s first-class relics and included “some Advent prayers for your pleasure.”

O shepherd of Israel, hearken.  O guide of the flock of Joseph, rouse your power and come to save us!  O Lord of hosts, restore us.  If your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.  O Lord of hosts, how long will you burn with anger while your people pray?  You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in ample measure.  You have left us to be fought over by our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.  O Lord of hosts, restore us.  If your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.

Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan.  Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory, and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Father, in the wilderness of the Jordan you sent a messenger to prepare people’s hearts for the coming of your son.  Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins so that I may clearly see the way to walk, the truth to speak, and the life to live for him, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate the feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen.

To Our Lady…  O Mother of Advent, be with us and see to it that he will remain with us in our difficult struggles for truth and hope, for justice and peace: He alone, Emmanuel.

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Additional prayers

Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of your father and ours.  Receive my prayer as part of my service to the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice.  Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.  Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me a joy responsive to the father’s joy.  I seek his will so I can serve with gladness, singing, and love.  Come, long-expected Jesus.  Excite in me the joy, love, and peace to bring to the manger of my Lord.  Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and the Son.  I pray in the name of Jesus Christ whose advent I hail.  Amen.

Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan.  Lift our minds in watchful hope to heart the voice which announces his glory, and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

??????????God of love and mercy, help us to follow the example of Mary, always ready to do your will.  At the message of an angel she welcomed your eternal Son and, filled with the light of your Spirit, she became the temple of your Word who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome.  Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Gracious God, you bring glad tidings to the poor.  Create in us this Advent season the desire to help those in need that we may recognize in them the face of Christ.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Jesus, you are our eternal salvation, the unfailing light of the world.  Light everlasting, you are truly our redemption.  Grieving that the human race was perishing through the tempter’s power, without leaving the heights you came to the depths in your loving kindness.  Readily taking our humanity by your gracious will, you saved all earthly creatures long since lost, restoring joy to the world.  Redeem our souls and bodies, O Christ, and so possess us as your shining dwellings.  By your first coming, make us righteous; at your second coming, set us free so that, when the world is filled with light and you judge all things, we may be clad in spotless robes and follow in your steps, O King, into the heavenly hall.  Amen.

SJC121210-10Lord, our God, we praise you for your son, Jesus Christ.  He is Emmanuel, the hope of all people.  He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us.  He is the savior of every nation.  Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this Advent wreath.  May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.  We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.  We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.  We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.  We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.  We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.  To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”  Amen.

Merciful Father, you have given us your Son as your loving presence in this world.  Create in our hearts the room for your love to grow.  Forgive our shortcomings, and prepare our hearts for your coming.  We ask this in the name Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

O God, who gladdens us by the annual expectation of our redemption, grant that we, who now receive with joy your only begotten son as our redeemer, may behold him without fear when he comes as our judge, even the same Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

??????????Son of God, You are the light of the world.  Shine your light on all our choices this day.  Create in us the ability to let your light shine forth for others.  We ask this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of your only begotten son, that we may attain to serve you with purified minds, through his advent.  Who with you lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.  Amen.

Wise and loving God, that I may come to know you more deeply and that others may come to know you through me, pervade and penetrate my entire being.  Make me a pure emanation of your glory, a radiant reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of your presence in the world, an image of your goodness.  Lord, help me to live with your wisdom and not my own, that I may be a beacon of your friendship for others.  Amen.

To obtain favors…  Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold.  In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of our savior, Jesus Christ, and of his blessed mother.  Amen.

This prayer, dating back to 1897, may be recited throughout the day from the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30) until Christmas.

December 17, 2013

“Advent is the season of the secret, the secret of the growth of Christ, of divine love growing in silence” (Caryll Houselander).

November 30, 2013

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man.  Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child.  This is a healing memory; it brings hope.  The purpose of the Church’s year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope.…  It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope (Pope Benedict XVI).

November 28, 2015

O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth your blessing upon this wreath and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from you abundant graces.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen (Blessing for Advent wreath).

November 29, 2015

Advent is the season of the presence and expectation of the eternal.  For this very reason it is in a particular way a period of joy… joy in the fact that God made himself a child.  This joy, invisibly present within us, encourages us to journey on with confidence (Pope Benedict XVI).

December 10, 2015

Jesus, you are our light.  When you came into our world, you made it a brighter place.  Help us each day to make brighter and happier the lives of the people we live with, learn with, play with, and pray with.  Amen (RCL Benziger enewsletter).

December 20, 2015

Mary went without delay to communicate her joy to her cousin, Elizabeth….  This is the real commitment of Advent: to bring joy to others.  Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money (Pope Benedict XVI).

December 23, 2015

Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem.  May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man (Pope Francis).

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Prayer

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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 booklet 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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