Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, the Princess Saint – november 17th

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Elizabeth at the age of four years is promised in marriage to Louis, son and heir of the ruler of Thuringia, and to receive an education appropriate to her future rank of Dutchess of Thuringia, Elisabeth is forced to leave her native country to the court of Thuringia.

She had a happy marriage:  “If I love so much a mortal creature – she used to say –  how should I love more the Lord.”

With the approval of her husband, Elizabeth devoted much time to prayer and practice generosity works of mercy for the poor, the lepers, the sick and needy.

One of the most famous miracles is the miracle of the bread turned into roses. One day she met Louis as she ran down the street with her apron full of bread for the poor. He asked her what she was carrying, and when she dropped her apron instead of bread appeared many magnificent and fresh roses.

We too can turn to this great Saint Elizabeth, the glorious one who can become advocate for our sins. Hasten to be refreshed when hungry, young people recognize the one who raises the dead, the girls see in her shine the virtue of chastity, she can become a support and their comforter.

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Saint Anthony of Padua – june 13th

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Faith is the principal virtue and who does not believe is similar to those Jews who rebelled against Moses in the desert. Without faith no one can enter the kingdom of God, it is the life of the soul. The Christian is one who, with the eye of the heart, enlightened by faith, understands the mysteries of God and makes public profession.
The true faith is accompanied by charity. Believing in God for the Christian, not so much believe that God exists and even believe that He is trustworthy, is to believe in love, abandoning believe in God, joining and conforming to Him”.

(Saint Anthony of Padua)

Saint Anthony as Francis was fascinated by war-time life and attracted by the easy life that was permitted by the social position of his family. The young Anthony, as it was for Francis, came the call of God Young received this call and immediately turned into the path that led him to follow Jesus Christ.

He left the palace of the family to get rich first Abbey of St. Vincent at the Canons Regular of St. Augustine and then in another in Coimbra. In this monastery drew on religious education, a deep knowledge of Scripture. After completing school, he was ordained priest at age twenty.

When he was in the city of Rimini, Anthony tried to convert an heretic and the dispute had centered around the sacrament of the Eucharist which is the real presence of Jesus. The heretic named Bonville, launches a challenge to Anthony saying: If you, Anthony, can you try a miracle that the Communion of believers is, however veiled, the true body of Christ, I renounced all heresy, my head will submit without delay to the Catholic faith.
Anthony accepts the challenge because he was convinced by the Lord to get everything for the conversion of the heretic. Then Bonfillo, calling with his hand to silence him: I’ll keep my donkey closed for three days deprived of food. The past three days, I’ll pull out the presence of people, show him the corn ready. Meanwhile you’ll be in contrast with what claims to be the body of Christ. If the animal while hungry will refuse the corn and worship your God, I sincerely believe the Church’s faith. Anthony prayed and fasted for all three days. On the appointed day and the square filled with people all waiting to see how it ends. Anthony celebrated Mass in front of large crowd and then with great reverence leads the Lord’s body in front of hungry mare that had been brought into the square. Simultaneously Bonfillo showed him the oats.
Anthony imposed silence and ordered the animal: By virtue and in the name of the Creator, that I, unworthy as it is, I hold in my hands, I say, I order you to get close to animals and promptly with pay due reverence and humility so the wicked heretics clearly learn from this gesture that every creature is subject to its Creator. The mare refused fodder, and bowing her head down to the hocks, went to genuflect before the Sacrament of the Body of Christ in adoration. Seeing the incident, including all present and heretics Bonville knelt adoring. Read more…

“Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

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Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

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Speaking of miracles today means digging up a past time buried by piles of rubble produced by the most blind rationality, which tolerates nothing if not its self-celebration of its alleged omnipotence of supposedly infallible judgments. In the name of this rationality we have arrived to the negation of all that one cannot touch or see, and that is not material, in this vision there is no space for feelings, or for what belongs to the immaterial.

Many say that true faith does not need miracles to believe, because in believing it is summarized certainty. And it’s true, but the challenge that every creature must overcome is represented by the doubts that.sometimes, beset them. In fact, is it possible to believe in what one does not see? And again, do I have the faith that is truly authentic? The answer is implicit: how much is one willing to do and at what cost?

When asked: “are you the one who is to come?” Jesus replied, “Go and tell John. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed” (Mt 11:3-5). And again the question: “Are You the Christ? Tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, these bear witness of me … But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works, so that you know and begin to understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”(Jn 10:25-38)

God the Father gave testimony and credibility to Jesus through the miraculous events which proved His Omnipotence. The words are unfortunately still words, but the facts weigh like stones. It is true that each one can also deny the evidence, but that does not detract from the reality of the facts. Even at that time, the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, He casts out demons, but through the chief of the demons” (Mk 3:22).Ridiculous Accusations which show what nonsense is the mind is willing to invent in order to deny the obvious.

Today it is exactly as it was then. Various boards of enquiry, composed of scholars from different disciplines declare that there is no scientific explanation of some instantaneous healing. Some argue that the explanations that today are not possible to prove, will be found in the future, others perhaps less rationalists argue that the healing may have occurred with the divine intervention. The believers are certain that miracles are possible and will occur after the prayers of supplication, after the intervention mediated by the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints… As evidenced by the documented cases of Lourdes and other shrines around the world. Read more…