St. Anthony of Padua is a Doctor of the Church known for his miracles and being one of the greatest preachers of all times. He is known as the “Hammer of the Heretics,” “Living Ark of the Covenant,” and “Wonder Worker.” He is Patron of the Poor. In art he is depicted holding the Christ Child. He is widely invoked for the return of lost articles.
St. Anthony of Padua also assisted St. Annibale Di Francia in his life’s mission: “Even though there was no center of those devoted to St. Anthony in those days, aid for the orphans and the poor were increasing, owing to the devotion to St. Anthony’s bread, to the press, to the alms boxes, and to the devotion to the saint in the church of the Annunciation. Hence the padre felt inspired to make St. Anthony the special patron of this orphanages. Our founder was urged to do so by his helper Fr. Bernardo of the Friars Minor.” (Rogationists)
It seems no accident that this great Saint was placed in charge of and protection of St. Annibale Di Francia’s Orphanages and Religious Institutions. Luisa also lived 10 years in the Orphanage of St. Anthony in Corato. These two saints are also important to Luisa’s cause because of the necessity of St. Di Francia as “an anticipator and precursor of the modern pastoral care of vocations” (St. Pope John Paul II) and St. Anthony’s help to return man’s greatest loss—that of the Holy Divine Will.
In Portugal the 13th of June is a great feast, the feast of St. Anthony of Lisbon, known to most Catholics as St. Anthony of Padua. This Franciscan miracle-worker was born in Lisbon and had entered religious life as a Canon Regular of the Holy Cross, residing first in Lisbon and then Coimbra, before leaving the Portuguese order for the new Order of Friars Minor and a hope of martyrdom. It was, and is, THE children’s feast in Portugal, so the parents of Lucia naturally thought that the festivities at the parish church in Fátima would distract her from the appointment at the Cova. However, undismayed by this tactic Lucia and the Marto children proceeded to the apparition site to keep their noon day rendezvous.
When they arrived they found a small crowd awaiting them.
The apparition then concluded as on the first occasion, with the Lady going off toward the east and disappearing in the “immensity of heaven.”
Despite the joy of those precious moments the sorrows of the children continued in the following weeks, moderated by the belief of very many at the Cova that day. They knew that something unusual had occurred – they saw the “lightening,” some perceived a certain dimming of the sun, others a little gray cloud that came and went as the apparition did and they believed. However, the difficulties with their families did not abate, especially with their mothers, who became genuinely alarmed that the events were not just continuing but expanding. To this was added the painful caution of the parish priest, that after all it might be real but of demonic origin.
NOVENA to ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA
Feast Day June 21st
JUNE 12 – 21
V. In the Name (✠) of the Father…
Prayer to Saint A. Gonzaga V. Saint Aloysius, adorned with angelic virtues,
R. I, thy most unworthy client, * commend to thee most earnestly * the chastity of my mind and body.
V. I beseech thee, for the sake of thine angelic purity,
R. To commend me to the immaculate Lamb, * Christ Jesus (☨), * and to His most holy Mother, * the Virgin of virgins; * and to protect me from every grievous sin.
V. O most tender and gracious saint,
R. Permit me not to defile myself by any spot of impurity; * nay, when thou seest me in temptation * or in the danger of sin, * banish far from my heart * every unclean thought and desire.
V. Awaken in me the thought of eternity and of Jesus (☨) crucified;
R. imprint deeply in my heart * a lively sense of the holy fear of God; * set me on fire with the love of God; * grant me the grace to imitate thee on earth * that I may worthily enjoy the possession of God * in heaven with thee. * Amen.
Marian Prayer of Saint A. Gonzaga
V. O Holy Mary, my Mother,
R. Into thy blessed trust and custody, * and into the care of thy mercy * I this day, every day, * and in the hour of my death, * commend my soul and my body. * To thee I commit all my anxieties and miseries, my life and the end of my life, * that by thy most holy intercession * and by thy merits * all my actions may be directed and disposed * according to thy will * and that of thy Son. Amen.
Novena Prayer V.
O most innocent and pure St Aloysius Gonzaga, by thy illustrious merits we beseech thy gracious intercession before the throne of Almighty God, that He may grant us:
(Pause and state your intentions)
V. If it be for the greater glory of God and our sanctification.
V. Let us pray. O God, the Giver of all heavenly gifts, who in the angelic youth, Aloysius, didst join wondrous innocence with equal penance: be entreated by his merits and his prayers and grant unto us who have not followed him in his innocence the grace to imitate him in his penance. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
V. In the Name (✠) of the Father…
When her Cause for Beatification and Canonization was officially proposed, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI), at that time the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, nullified the previous condemnations of the Index, thereby removing the impediment to her Cause. Thus on the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday November 20, 1994, the process for the Cause of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta, was finally opened.
On June 11, 2010 the First Theologian gave full approval for the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta.
The second theologian assigned to evaluate the writings of Luisa Piccarreta by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has also given a positive, that is, a favorable judgement. This means that both of the official censors librorum for the cause of Luisa have found nothing contrary to the faith in her writings, and her cause can now go forward.
-Source: Padre Bernadino Bucci
On July 23, 2010 Sister Assunta Marigliano, President of the Pious Association announced unoficially ‘great news which brings great joy’:
“We are glad to inform you that the second Theologian, which the Holy See had appointed to review the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, has completed his task and given his approval.”
On July 24, 2010 it was officially announced that the two Theological Censors appointed by the Holy See to review the Writings of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta had given their approval
(Note: This has been posted previously, but it is well worth repeating)
A letter issued from Trani to EWTN, written in 2003, requested priests be appointed to guide the Prayer Groups following the Spirituality of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreata. The following is an excerpt from the 2003 letter from Trani to EWTN, point No. 10:
“The Archbishop, therefore, blesses all prayer groups inspired by Luisa Piccarreta, but does not intend to assume responsibility for them, which is deferred to the ordinary authorities of each place for the verification of their authenticity and orthodoxy. It would be desirable that these be guided by prudent priests, and of proven orthodoxy.”
The importance of priests teaching the spirituality of Luisa can also be found in other letters published by Trani. For example, the talk given by Archbishop Picherria on October 27, 2005 at the Corato Congress, he states the following:
“As Pastor of this beloved Church I feel the responsibility . . . of showing them to the sister Dioceses, where there are present groups who are inspired by the Divine Volition, directing myself to the Brother Pastors—those who have the duty of overseeing so that one is not led astray—the thinking contained in the writings of Luisa, accepting the reliable studies of theologians who present them with a critical and correct preparation according to the sound doctrine of the Church; . . .”
In Protocol No. 31/06VGG, Archbishop Piccheria has left the enforcement of guidelines to local bishops where Divine Will Prayer Groups are located and functioning:
“. . . those who talk about Luisa Piccarreta must have the il nulla osta of the Bishop of the place where there are groups of the Divine Will or where one is invited to guide groups of spirituality.”
The reason for this guideline can be found in the following excerpt taken from the March 9, 2006 letter of Archbishop Picchieri of Trani, which may allude to the January 22, 1998 letter issued by his predecessor Archbishop Carmelo Cassati to seven promoters of Luisa concerning an incident reported by William G. Bilton to Arthur & Joanne Kirby, April 04, 1997:
. . . “All of you who have taken part in the meeting of October, certainly feel as one called and feel a duty shared with everyone in the Church, the Spirituality lived by Luisa.
Nevertheless, the experiences of these years says to us that the Doctrine of the Divine Will has not always been presented in a respectful and correct way, according to the Doctrine and the Magisterium of the Church, placing in the mouth of Luisa statements that one does not find even implicitly in her writings. This causes trauma in consciences and even confusion and refusal in the people and among the Presbyteries and Bishops.
Other times they distort certain essential themes or points of this spirituality, presenting them outside of the context and the totality of the writings. They make unauthorized deductions or conclusions; subjective thoughts are given as objective truth, or else they emphasis secondary aspects as if they were essential, in this way distorting the substance and diverting attention to less important things. From this is the need of seeing possible deformations, inaccurate interpretations, imprudent or inappropriate teachings, in order to correct them and to present everything in full conformity with the Doctrine of the Church.”