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December 06, 2023

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Saint of the Week

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor

Born Ferdinand de Bulhoes in Lisbon, Portugal, Anthony was the son of a knight in King Alphonso’s court. He began his studies at the cathedral in Lisbon and joined the Augustinians when he was fifteen. Ordained in about 1219, Anthony transferred to the Franciscans in 1221 at which time he took the name Anthony. He was a great preacher, who was renowned for drawing people to Christ through his words. He worked to abolish debtors’ prisons, helped the poor, and worked ceaselessly and untiringly with those whose faith was weak. All of this took its toll on Anthony’s health and he died on June 13 at the age of 36.

We can count on the saints to help us, knowing that they, too, experienced many of the difficulties we encounter in our own lives.