Saint Anthony was so dedicated to God, he wished to die as a martyr. In reality, he died of illness at age 36, after a life of speaking among thousands of people who flocked to hear him. While he had his own plans for his life, he always submitted them to the will of God.
Anthony is also associated with finding the lost. Growing up in my village, we had Novena on Tuesday in prayer to him. If a cow was lost in the forest, we prayed to Saint Anthony and would be inspired to search in a new direction. He inspires us to live our faith to the fullest every day, so that our live may be filled with finding God.
How can we find what we have lost and help others find what they have lost today? Do we try our best to commit ourselves to God every day, as Saint Anthony did?
Let us pray through the intercession of Saint Anthony that our faith may be strengthened.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!