Friday, June 12, 2020

The Feast of St Anthony of Padua.

"Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one." (Matthew 5: 37).

Saturday 13th June 2020, 10th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Anthony of Padua (1195 - 1231), Franciscan Priest and Doctor of the Church. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, trained in Italy, his outstanding talent as a preacher took him to Africa and France. Anthony is a great miracle worker but is fondly remembered for his help in finding lost objects. After he helped me find an important object I lost some years ago, he became one of my patron saints.

Are you a person of your word? Do you confess regularly the sin of untruth, exaggeration, white lies, etc. If we do not work to make truthful speech our standard, we may not be able to appreciate the faithfulness of God. God's Yes is always a Yes. His No is always a No. "His faithful promises are our armor and protection." (Psalm 91: 4). David prays in Psalm 51:12, "A clean heart create for me, God; renew within me a steadfast spirit."
Two causes of a lying tongue are:
#1 Lack of purity or clean heart.
#2 A spirit that lacks stability.

The remedy for the above is to pray often Psalm 51 to Jesus who is Truth Himself. "It [Psalm] is medicine for our spiritual health. Whoever reads it will find in it a medicine to cure the wounds caused by his own particular passions." (St Ambrose of Milan).

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