Another Miracle for St. Anthony of Padua

Praise God!  Glory to Him and bless the Communion of Saints!  And, (oddly enough), God bless United Airlines.

This past Saturday, I lost my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite on my flight from SFO to Las Vegas.  I did not think I would ever see it, again.  I filed a claim, but they didn’t give me a claim number.  So, I assumed my claim would go into the ether and be forgotten.

St. Anthony of Padua | Doctor of the Church

When I went to Mass on Sunday at the Guardian Angel Cathedral of Las Vegas, I prayed to St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost articles.  I asked that if it was God’s will, that St. Anthony would help intercede for me and ask God to help me find my Kindle, again.

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St. Josemaria’s 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility

I definitely lack humility.  Praise God for a saint like Jose Maria Escriva!  His wisdom is such great consolation.  By looking at this list, I can see where I can grow spiritually.

St. Peter’s List | Article | St. Josemaria’s 17 Signs of a Lack of Humility

Allow me to remind you that among other evident signs of a lack of humility are:

  1. Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say
  2. Always wanting to get your own way
  3. Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners
  4. Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so
  5. Despising the point of view of others
  6. Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan
  7. Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honour or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own
  8. Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation
  9. Speaking badly about yourself, so that they may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you
  10. Making excuses when rebuked
  11. Hiding some humiliating faults from your director, so that he may not lose the good opinion he has of you
  12. Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you
  13. Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you
  14. Refusing to carry out menial tasks
  15. Seeking or wanting to be singled out
  16. Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige…
  17. Being ashamed of not having certain possessions…

St. Josemaria, pray for us!

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

From “Give Us This Day,” May 2012, page 249:

Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, (1779-1865)

Madeleine Sophie Barat was born in a small town in Burgundy.  Following the French Revolution and the suppression of religious orders, Catholic education in France had virtually ceased.  Madeleine’s older brother Louis, a one-time seminarian, took her education under his care, schooling her not only in the classics, but biblical studies, Church history, and theology — a typical seminary program.  Fortunately, she took happily to this strict regime.  Later, when she told her spiritual director that she wished to become a Carmelite, he informed her that her true vocation was otherwise: to found an order dedicated to the education of young girls.

In 1801, with two other women, Madeleine opened a small school in Amiens.  The work grew and from these seeds emerged the Society of the Sacred Heart.  Madeleine became superior at the age of 23, an office she would occupy for 62 years.

Mother Madeleine spent much of her life traveling.  She established an astonishing 111 houses, operating in 12 countries in Europe and North America.  By the time of her death in 1865 there were nearly 4,000 members of her society.  She played an enormous role in the resurgence of Catholicism in France; her contribution to the education of young women and their role in society was beyond reckoning.  She was canonized in 1925.

“The Creator alone can work in souls.  The less we put of ourselves, the more Our Lord works.  That is why He generally chooses those who are of little worth, mere nothings, as His most precious instruments.” — St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

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