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I Am Anthony of Padua: Finding Balance

In C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is an anthology of imaginary letters from Uncle Screwtape—an Under Secretary to Satan—to his nephew and novice tempter Wormwood, Screwtape encourages Wormwood to capitalize on the “troughs” and “peaks” of humans, to make good use of what he calls human undulation.
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I Am Anthony of Padua: Finding Holy Ground

Knowing the direction we must go is but the first stage of the spiritual search. I traveled long, I traveled hard. I felt sea terrors and land loneliness. But I was blessed to discover more than one place that spoke to my heart. You, too, need such a place, your own Bethlehem where you can be born and reborn, cradled and lullabied. I want to help you find that heart’s home.
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Francis and Anthony: Two Saints, One Vision

Perhaps the three most well-known Franciscan saints are Francis, of course, Clare of Assisi, and Anthony of Padua. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the similarities between Francis and his early follower, Anthony.
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Saint Anthony, God's Instrument

For many people the most famous thing about Saint Anthony of Padua is his reputation as a wonder-worker. He’s brought happiness to many believers, for example, by helping them find their lost wedding rings or car keys.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Nine: Model of Conversion

Prayer Triune God, we thank you for drawing us to yourself through the gift of your grace and the example of the saints, especially Anthony of Padua. Lead us to follow him in never fearing that you might ask for a conversion beyond what we can offer you, our ever-gracious God. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Eight: In Retirement

Prayer Lord Jesus, Scripture tells us that you were like us in every way—except sin. We know, however, that you did not live long enough to enjoy a time of retirement. Lead us to appreciate every season of life, always able to see your loving providence at work—even if it may seem at times to be hiding. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Seven: Leader of Friars

Prayer Lord Jesus, when you wanted to give your disciples an unforgettable example of servant leadership, you washed their feet. Help us always to remember that your power is never given to anyone for its own sake but always for the service of our sisters and brothers. Show us how to speak your truth in love, whatever the circumstances. Amen.
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Saint Anthony Novena Day Six: The Preacher

Prayer Loving God, in many ways you prepared Anthony to be an outstanding preacher of your grace and mercy. His actions never undercut what he had just preached. Help us constantly to witness by word and deed to your unfailing love, constantly inviting others to embrace your overflowing love and forgiveness. Amen.
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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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