Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva


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Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: Men Won't Listen, Fishes Will!



Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva
Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva
EVEN though st. Antony was an eloquent preacher, St. Anthony wasn't always able to get an audience. Such was the case one day in Fimini. of Rimini to listen to the word of God, Undaunted by the refusal of the heretics the Saint was determined to preach and took his stand at the water's edge. to those who would listen. So he walked to the seashore As the saintly friar began to preach, which rose to listen. the surface of the water was broken by the heads of countless fishes. 
St. Anthony preached to the fishes of the glory of God. He bade them be grateful and the goodness of their Creator. who had no place for the word of God and thus confound the coldness of the people of Rimini on with his sermon in their hearts. Not a fish moved as St. Anthony went the Saint blessed the fish to his quite unusual congregation. When he had finished, with the Sign of the Cross. Then they left.

Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: The Mule Refuses to Eat!



THERE was a certain heretic at Rimini who refused to believe in the Real Presence. He made this proposition to St. Anthony. would starve his mule for three days. The unbelieving heretic If the hungry animal would prostrate the reality of the Blessed Sacrament. before the monstrance, then the heretic would confess On the appointed day, the heretic appeared in the town square with his beast. 
St. Anthony approaced A curious group of believers from the opposite side with the Sacred Host. and unbelievers alike and a bundle of fragrant hay watched to see just what would happen. A large pan of oats were placed before the hungry animal. and fell on her knees before the Blessed Sacrament. But all this was ignored. Instead, the mule approaced our Saint True to his promise, the heretic made a profession of faith in the Real Presence.

Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: 
Anthony Dines With Enemies!


CERTAIN heretics of Rimini decided to end the meddlesome interference of Anthony in their sinful lives. His sermons had turned the attention of the people to their sinful excesses and the only solution was to get rid of the friar. Poison was the easiest way. So they invited the Saint to dinner, planning to poison his food. But God revealed their plans to their intended victim.

Anthony still came to dine. Before he sat down at table he told his enemies of their plot. But they only laughed at him, reminding Anthony of Christ's promise to His disciples, "And if they drink of any poisonous drink, it shall not harm them." If he would eat the poisonous food without harm, they would return to the Faith. Anthony blessed the food and ate it without harm. The heretics confessed their sins and made good their promise.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: In Two Places At One Time (Bi-location)!


IN the Church of St. Pierre-du-Queyraix in Limoges, an incident took place which more than ever showed the extraordinary favors granted by Heaven to St. Anthony of Padua. It was Easter and Anthony was preaching the sermon of the day. Suddenly he remembered that he had been appointed to chant the Aleluia at the Convent Mass in the local friary. And he had failed to arrange for a substitute.


Anthony stopped short in his sermon and remained silent for some time. To the congregation it appeared that the preacher was merely gathering his thoughts. What they did not know was that Anthony, during that period of silence, had appeared in the convent choir to fulfill his assignment. A few moments later Anthony took up the thread of his interrupted sermon as if nothing had occured. A miracle of bilocation had been worked in his behalf.

Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: A Franciscan Vocation Saved!


THE Provincial Chapter of September 1226 appointed Anthony as Custos of the Province of Limoges. Shortly after taking over his new duties in the Order, it was brought to the attention of Anthony that one of the novices was thinking of leaving the community. God revealed the temptation of the young friar so that Anthony might help him in his hour of need.
The novice was called into the presence of his superior. Anthony first embraced the youth with all the tender affection of a father. Then he revealed all that had been troubling the young Franciscan. When he had finished, Anthony breathed on the novice and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit!" In a moment the troublesome temptation to return to the world had vanished completely. The novice Peter took his vows and presevered in the religious vocation that had been saved for him through the help of St. Anthony.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: The Devil Tries His Hand!


SOME of the best known miracles of St. Anthony took place in France. At St. Junien in Limoges Anthony was once preaching on an improvised platform in the town square. But before he began his sermon, Anthony paused for a moment to warn his audience, "Whilst I am speaking to you, the devil will cause this platform to collapse. But no one will be injured."
The sermon had hardly begun when Anthony's prediction was fulfilled. With a splintering crash the platform collapsed. Undaunted by his rather embarrassing tumble, Anthony picked himself up, brushed the dirt off his habit, and went on with his sermon. Satan would have to do a great deal more than this to prevent a zealous Franciscan like Anthony of Padua from preaching the word of God.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: Even Without Her Asking!


A CERTAIN woman of Limoges had planned to hear St. Anthony preach. In her rush to finish the housework she failed to notice what time it was. A neighbor passed by and told her to hurry. Quite foolishly, the woman rushed out of the house, leaving her infant son playing on the floor near the fireplace on which stood a pot of boiling water.
When the sermon was over and the mother had come home, she stopped at the door in utter horror. Her little one was inside the steaming caldron. Her terror turned to joy when she came closer. The baby was standing in the water, laughing and having a grand time. He was not the least bit harmed. Then the careless mother knew that the safety of her child had been assured through the intercession of St. Anthony. The mother's desire to hear the word of God had saved her from being punished as she might have deserved.
Taken from the Miracles of Saint Anthony of Padua


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva:  Anthony, Hair Restorer!


BECAUSE his wife was kind to the friars, a jealous husband ordered her to stop giving them alms. The woman knew her husband's orders were unreasonable, so she ignored them. The next time he found she had been giving things to the friars he became quite furious. He laid hands on his wife and beat her unmercifully. He even dragged the poor woman around by the hair so that a good part of it was pulled out by the roots. When the woman saw this, she went to St. Anthony for help.
Anthony asked the rest of the friars to pray with him. By the time their prayers had come to an end, the woman's hair had been restored, even more lovely than before. When the husband saw the miracle worked through St. Anthony, he was throughly ashamed. He begged his wife's forgiveness and never more interfered in her works of charity towards the Franciscan friars.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: Thy Sins Are Forgiven Thee!


ANTHONY the priest spent long hours in the confessional. There he was brought face to face with strange and sorrowful problems of all kinds. One penitent in particular found that, when he knelt at the feet of this young Franciscan priest, he was unable to confess his sins. The sorrow which filled his heart was so great that he simply could not speak. Anthony read that heart and and knew that it was sincerely penitent. so he said to the man, "Go home, write your sins on a piece of paper, then bring the paper back to me."
The man did so. Anthony bade him read the list. Obediently the penitent started with the first. To his astonishment he saw that, as soon as he had told it, the name of each sin disappeared from the paper. So it went on. When the last sin had been confessed, the paper was perfectly blank.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: The Miser's Funeral Sermon!


DURING 1228 Anthony was busy in the Province of Venice. It was at this time that a distinguished Florentine gentleman died and his relatives planned an elaborate funeral for the deceased. Anthony was in the neighborhood and was asked to preach the funeral sermon. Little did the mourners know what Anthony's sermon really would be.
As his text Anthony chose, "Where thy treasure is, there is thy heart, also." In the midst of his sermon, he came to an abrupt pause. Then in solemn tones, he went on, "This man is dead, and his soul is buried in hell! Go! Open his coffers, and you will find his heart!" The astonished relatives did as Anthony bade them. The treasure chest was opened. There, in the midst of all the gold pieces, was the heart of the man who, although rich in earthly treasures, had died poor in the things of heaven.

Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: The Infant Claims His Father!


A NOBLEMAN of Ferrara was so jealous of his wife that he refused to recognize his first born child as his own. The foolish husband had no reason to doubt his wife's fidelity but he would still have nothing to do with his infant son.
In her desperation the wife and mother came to St. Anthony for help. The Saint talked to the nobleman for hours and finally succeeded in making him see the unreasonableness of his jealousy. Just then a nurse brought in the infant. In an instant, his old frame of mind returned. Then Anthony turned to the child and said, "In the name of Jesus Christ, speak and tell who your father is!" The infant pointed to the nobleman and, in a voice of a child years older, he said, "There is my father!" With that the father broke down and took the child in his arms. Anthony had helped to save a family and a marriage.



Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduv: In Defense of His Own Father!


WHILE St. Anthony was at Padua, a man was killed in Lisbon and the corpse buried in the garden of Anthony's father. Try as he might to prove his innocence, the grisly evidence found in the family garden was enough to convict the poor man of the murder. Just when things were at their worst, God revealed to Anthony the plight of his father.
Immediately, the Saint obtained permission to go to Lisbon. Padua was days away from Lisbon but Anthony was there in a matter of hours. In the court room he asked that the body of the murdered man be produced. Anthony approached the corpse and, in a firm voice, bade the man speak and tell who had killed him. To the amazement of all, the corpse sat up and clearly attested the innocence of the accused. Anthony's father was freed and the next day the Saint was back in Padua. After all, he had asked permission to be away only over night.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: Give Me Back My Daughter!


A WOMAN of Padua went looking for sticks one day so that she might make a fire in her house. On the way back, the woman passed a pond by the roadside. She looked in the pond and what she saw made her scream in horror. On the bottom of the pond lay the body of her own daughter. Somehow the girl had slipped into the water and drowned. The mother waded in and dragged the body up onto the road. But she was too late.
In her anguish the mother remembered St. Anthony and the miracles which had been worked at his tomb. Full of trust in the power of the Saint, she promised to being a remembrance to the Basilica of the Saint if life would only be restored to her daughter. As soon as the mother had finished her prayer and made her vow, the daughter started to give signs of life. With proper care the young girl recovered completely in a very short time.

Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: Saint Anthony has a visitor (Jesus)


WHILE preaching in France, Anthony accepted the invitation of a nobleman to dine and spend the night in his mansion near Limoges. After the evening meal Anthony excused himself and retired to his room to pray. Some time later the lord of the house passed the friar's room and noticed a brilliant light streaming from beneath the door. When he looked through the grill in the door, the nobleman saw the vision taking place within the room.
A beautiful Child was standing on the bench at which Anthony had knelt to pray. The Infant held out His arms to the Saint. Anthony returned the invitation by clasping the Child to his heart, crying over and over, "My God! My God!" The next morning Anthony asked his host not to reveal what he had seen as long as Anthony was alive. The secret of that night was kept for ten years.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: The Farmers Grain is Saved!


The last days of St. Anthony were passed with his friend, Count Tiso,at Camposampiero. There, on the wooded estate of the nobleman, Anthony chose a giant walnut tree as the spot where he would rest. His faithful companions, Friars Roger and Luke Belldi, built a cell of twigs in the branches of the tree as a shelter for the Saint. People came to hear St. Anthony. To get to his cell they tramped through the property of a neighboring farmer who had planted the field in grain. The press of many feet were ruining the almost ripened grain. The farmer complained to the Saint who comforted him, and told him to come back the next day to harvest his grain. The farmer did as he was told. When he returned the next day, he saw with amazement every bit of grain quite erect and fully ripe for the harvest.


Real Life Incidents and Miracles of Saint Antony of Paduva: SAINT ANTHONY WHOM THE INFANT SO MUCH LOVED...


GRANT TOM WHAT HE ASKS OF THEE

Ask God to grant Tom, the barber, a bountiful harvest restoring all as HE did for the farmer.

I ASK GOD TO GIVE TOM A LONG AND PROSPEROUS LIFE WITH TERRY IN THE HOME I BELIEVE GOD HAS PROMISED
HELP THOU MY UNBELIEF!

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