The Life of St Anthony of Padua
(I will write about this saint's life story later - However, I found this amusing story about him and would like to share it with you now as it is the feast day of St Anthony tomorrow - June 13).
The Eucharistic Miracle of St Anthony
St Anthony, during his life time had great
compassion towards heretics, those Christians who did not believe in the true
presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
Anthony felt sorry for them as they were depriving themselves of this
most precious gift. Therefore, it was his mission to pray for them, teach them and bring these lost people back to Jesus.
A heretic who owned a mule challenged Anthony one day, saying that he will believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist only if his mule bowed down to it. St Anthony agreed to this testing. But the heretic planned the testing to happen after three days. The heretic starved his mule during these three days. When the day came, the heretic and his friends stood on one side with a bucket of food for the starving mule. On the other side was Anthony holding the Blessed Sacrament. The mule went up to the side of Anthony, knelt and bowed down to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
(The above story, “The miracle of the Mule” was taken from the booklet by Messaggero Di S. Antonio, The Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua, Italy)
This simple Miracle was God’s answer to the prayer of St
Anthony. Many heretics were converted as a result. If a mule can recognise Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, can we do better?
Do you know someone who does not believe or does not adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament?
Ask St Anthony of Padua to intercede and pray for this person. The feast day
of this great saint is 13th June and on his feast day you can ask St
Anthony of Padua for this special prayer.
It is also a great way to spend the vigil of St Anthony’s feast, by spending a Holy Hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We can pray for all non-believers in the church, those who have left the church and also those who don’t know Jesus at all.
Prayer to St Anthony
(will update this soon)