Day 27 of 365 . . . prompt word: side-lit

St. Anthony of Padua — a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order

Born:  15 August 1195 (Lisbon)

Died 13 June 1231 (aged 36) in Padua

According to Wikipedia, Anthony is the patron saint of miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods.

Various legends surround the death of Anthony.  One holds that when he died, the children cried in the streets and that all the bells of the churches rang of their own accord.  Another legend regards his tongue.  Anthony is buried in a chapel within the large basilica built to honour him where his tongue is displayed for veneration in a large reliquary.  For, when his body was exhumed thirty years after his death, it was claimed that the tongue glistened and looked as if it was still alive and moist; apparently a further claim was made that this was a sign of his gift of preaching.  ~ excerpt from Wikipedia

I’ve always found “the saints” interesting — who they were, where they came from and what they did.  However, we need to be sure we do not worship them, for they were merely humans like you and I.  The Holy Scriptures warn us about putting our trust and faith in individuals other than Christ.

Instead we remember the saints who have gone before us and are encouraged by the wonderful things they did as a result of faith while on this side of Heaven.  For we are all both saint and sinner at the same time.

Christ is our only intercessor — thanks be to God!


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