Spotty internet coverage and a planned excursion to permit our daughter to participate in an agricultural exhibition have made it impossible to get online much in recent days, delaying even the repubilication of my brief reflection on the life and the work of our dear Saint Anthony, the hammer of heretics. Although I would have liked to hae completed a commentary on a Mohammedan man's terrorist shooting in Orlando, Florida, at a facility that catered to those steeped in the sin of Sodom by now, I need more time than that which is available to be now to do so. It is my plan to have the commentary ready for publication by Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Speakig of Mohammedans, we should remember that Saint Anthony desired to die a martyr's death in an effort to convert Mohammedans following his transfer from the Order of Saint Augustine to the Order of Friars Minor. It was not God's Holy Will for Saint Anthony to die a martyr's death as he became ill upon arriving in Morocco and was then led as a result of shipwreck away from his native Portugal to Sicily, and from there to Italy, where his fame as a preacher and miracle worker began.
Saint Anthony lived for only thirty-six years, teaching us that it is not the length of the years that matter. No, what matters to God is how we use the time given to us this very day, which could be our own last day on the face of this earth before our Particular Judgment, to know, love, and serve Him as He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through the Catholic Church. God is merciful to those of us who have sinned much by giving us length of years so that we might use our time well to make much reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for our sins. Saint Anthony's work on earth was done when he was just thirty-six years old, whereupon his work for us in Heaven commenced.
Dear, dear Saint Anthony, help us to find our way to Heaven, especially by being as devoted to the Most Blessed Sacrament and to the Mother of God as you were here on earth.
Work on the next original article has begun. Look for it tomorrow, Sunday, June 14, 2015, the Third Sunday after Pentecost within the Octave of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Commemoration of Saint Basil the Great.
A blessed feast of Saint Anthony to you all!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.