Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

June 13, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church (1195-+1231) – Patron Saint of the Poor

First Book of Kings 19:19-21

Psalm 16

Matthew 5:33-37


“The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages.  These different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others.  Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” 

This quotation is from a homily written by a man who we know as Saint Anthony of Padua, priest and one of the Doctors of the Church.  I am proud to say that he is my patron saint and my best friend.  Who exactly was he?  First of all he wasn’t from Padua or any other city in Italy.  He was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195.  He was ordained at the age of 24 as a priest for the Augustinian Order.  After he saw the bodies of Franciscans who were martyred in Africa he joined the Franciscans with the hope of becoming a martyr.  He did missionary work in Morocco but because of poor health did not last long.  He was called home to Italy and began to teach theology to his Franciscan brothers.

Saint Anthony was a profound scripture scholar and wonderful homilist who delighted in giving great glory to God.  He did not die a martyrs death but of illness at the age of 36 in 1231. 

Saint Anthony is know as the “Patron of the Poor,” additionally he is patron of lost items, shipwrecks, starvation, native Americans, boatmen, amputees, elderly person, expectant mothers, fishermen, harvests, horses, pregnant women, and many others.

One of the most beautiful stories of Saint Anthony is when the child Jesus visited him, kissed him and told him that He loved him.  Aside from our Blessed Mother Mary, Saint Anthony is the saint most often depicted holding the child Jesus.

Our good Saint Anthony lived by the word of the prophet Isaiah, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me and sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and release prisoners.”  May we all prophet by his wisdom!   

Question of the Day

Prayer:  Almighty, ever-living God, You gave Your people the extraordinary preacher Saint Anthony and made him an intercessor in difficulties.  By his aid grant that we may live a truly Christian life and experience Your help in all adversities.  Amen.  (From “Lives of the Saints,” Catholic Book Publishing Company)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and all who have been affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.  .


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