Thought for the Day – 13 June
St Anthony of Padua was a tireless preacher, teacher, defender of the faith. He brought many back to God by his example and words. But first he gave himself to God completely. Like all saints, he is a perfect example of turning one’s life over to Christ. God did with Anthony as God pleased — and what God pleased was a life of spiritual power and brilliance that still attracts admiration today. He whom popular devotion has nominated as finder of lost objects found himself by losing himself totally to the providence of God. Preaching was simply the overflow of his own inner life. For all of us, if God comes first and the cultivation of intimacy with Him, then everything else flows from this, as water flows from its source.
St Anthony of Padua, brilliant star, Pray for us!