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Saint Anthony Novena Day Five: The Teacher

Prayer Lord Jesus, you were a master teacher through your words and deeds. Give us the humility to draw closer to you, especially through the study of your self-revelation in the Bible. Help us quiet our self-assurance long enough to allow your liberating word to take deeper root in our hearts. We ask this also in the name of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Four: The Contemplative

Prayer O God, lover of the human family, help us to overcome our fear of drawing closer to you, a fear that a deeper conversion will be required of us. Lead us to the delights of living generously in your grace, no matter where it may lead us and no matter what changes it may inspire us to make. All glory and praise to you forever. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Three: The Missionary

Prayer God of infinite love and compassion, you inspired Saint Anthony to be a missionary, willing to lay down his life in spreading your Good News. In Baptism, you have made us missionaries. Show us how to live your Good News with zeal and humility, neither one cancelling out the other. May each of these virtues lead us to accept any change of plans that you may have in store for us. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Two: Rooted in Scripture

Prayer Loving God, You wanted to reveal yourself to the human family by means of your inspired word, the Scriptures. Give us hearts able to resist the temptation, as Anthony did, to reinforce what we like there and minimize what we find extremely challenging, whatever will require a deeper conversion on our part. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day One: Man of Many Talents

Prayer O God, you are the source of all our gifts and talents. We thank you for the many gifts that you gave Fernando of Lisbon (later Anthony of Padua). Help us to see our own talents as coming from you and intended to lead others to you. Help us always to cooperate generously with your grace. Amen.
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One Friar to Another: Thank You, Saint Anthony

Saint Anthony of Padua lived a remarkable life as a Franciscan friar, but his ministry happened completely by accident. In this week's Franciscan Spirit Video, Friar Clifford Hennings pays homage to this famous Franciscan and discusses his ongoing influence on Catholics the world over.
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The Franciscan Saints: Bonaventure

Minister General of the Order, Doctor of the Church (1221–1274) Bonaventure, who was born to a wealthy family in Orvieto, joined the Franciscans around 1238 in the midst of his studies at the University of Paris. Saint Francis had died only some dozen years before, but already his order was rapidly changing the face of the Church in Europe. To Bonaventure, it seemed that the Franciscan Order “was not invented by human providence but by Christ. In it, the learned and the simple lived as brethren.” 
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Casey Cole, OFM, on the Franciscan Spirit

What is it about the Franciscan spirit that draws so many people in? Br. Casey Cole, OFM, says it's an unmistakable sense of family that makes it so appealing. And Saint Francis wouldn't have it any other way. "Francis wanted everybody to live this life," Br. Casey says. "He wanted people to live the Gospel." In this week's Friar Friday video, Br. Casey delves deeper into the Franciscan spirit and how it enriches the faith lives of those it touches.
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John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ

John Duns Scotus was born in Scotland in 1266 and educated at England’s Oxford University. He was ordained a priest in 1291. Scotus also studied at the University of Paris and returned to lecture at Oxford and Cambridge. In turn, Scotus went back to teach at the University of Paris. 
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Surrounded by Saints

Outside in my garden is a statue of Saint Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. I also have a few items depicting Saint Fiacre, the patron of gardeners. But if you were to ask me who the real patron saint of my garden is, I would have to say that it’s my Aunt Ellie.
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