St. Anthony of Padua (1195 - 1231)

Servant of the Gospel

comment | Posted Jun 22, 2008

Stories abound about the extraordinary events coloring the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the “wonder-worker.” Fish are said to have listened to him preach, their heads attentively raised out of the river, when the hard of heart refused to heed his words. Continue »

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)

With Christ in the World

comment | Posted Jun 21, 2008

Monday, April 9, 1945: The Allied military forces were continuing to advance deeper into the heartland of Germany. At the same time, in a Nazi concentration camp behind the battle lines, a German doctor was witnessing a martyrdom. Continue »

The Story of Blessed Andre Bessette (1845 - 1937)

A Simple Faith

comment | Posted Jun 21, 2008

“I am only a man, just like you,” time after time Brother André Bessette reminded petitioners who came to him. Known as a miracle worker of healing during his lifetime, this humble lay brother insisted on giving all the credit to God, the faith of those healed, and the intercession of St. Joseph. Quietly, he said, “I will pray for you.” Time after time, healing came. Continue »

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 1153)

Compelled by Love

comment | Posted Jun 21, 2008

In the year 1112, a bright young nobleman embarked on an adventure that pioneered new paths—politically, socially, and spiritually—throughout Western Europe. His passion for the gospel and his charismatic personality were so attractive that he drew thirty other men—peers and elders—into the adventure with him. Continue »

Saint Bernadette Soubirous (1844 - 1879)

The Innocence of Faith

comment | Posted Jun 21, 2008

The modern tendency to enshrine the human intellect—to the exclusion of the spiritual—was well underway in mid-nineteenth century Europe. Rationalism had become entrenched among the educated elite, many of whom regarded the church and its beliefs as relics of the past. For them, religion was for the poor masses who didn’t know better. Continue »

St Anthony of Padua

St Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony and the Child Jesus

comment | Posted Dec 01, 2005

Everybody loves St. Anthony of Padua, yet few of us know all that much about his life. We know that he is the patron saint to call on when we need help finding our lost keys. But why does virtually every statue of St. Anthony show him holding the Christ child in his arms? We might have expected him to be depicted holding a lost set of car keys! Nor would it be surprising to see him holding a Bible, for he was one of the most famous Scripture teachers of his day. Continue »

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