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Saint Anthony of Padova Statue Made in Poly Paste of wood; While Antonio was praying alone in the room, the master who had hosted him peeking furtively from a window, saw the beautiful and joyful blessed Antonio appear in the arms of a child. The Saint embraced him and kissed him, contemplating his face with relentless vigor. That city, amazed and delighted by the beauty of that child, she thought to herself, where such an adorable child had come from. That child was the Lord Jesus. He revealed to Blessed Anthony that the guest was watching him. After many prayers, the vision disappeared, he called the holy city and forbade him to express to anyone, experiencing what he saw.
Antonio had gone to spread the word of God, when some heretics tried to dissuade the faithful who had come to listen to the saint, then Antonio took the river that flowed a short distance away and said to the heretics so that the crowd heard this: Since you are revealed unworthy of the word of God, behold, I turn to the fish, to confuse your unbelief. And he began to preach to the size of fish and the magnificence of God as more fish spoke Anthony flocked to the shore to listen to him, raised above the surface of their upper body and observing intently, opening his mouth and bowing his head in reverence . The villagers rushed to see the wonder, and with them the heretics who knelt after hearing Antony's words. After the conversion of the heretics, the Saint blessed the fish and let them go. Rimini Antonio tried to convert a heretic and the dispute centered on the sacrament of the Eucharist which is the real presence of Jesus the heretic named Bonville, challenges Antonio by saying: If you, Antonio, can experience a miracle that Communion of believer is, however veiled, the true body of Christ, I have renounced all heresy, my head will submit without delay to the Catholic faith.
Antonio accepts the challenge because he is convinced by the Lord to obtain everything for the conversion of the heretic. Then Bonfillo, who calls with his hand to silence him: I will keep my ass closed for three days without food. In the last three days, I will bring out the presence of people, I will show them the corn ready. In the meantime you will be at odds with what it claims to be the body of Christ If the animal while it is hungry refuses the grain and worships your God, I sincerely believe in the faith of the Church. Anthony prayed and fasted for all three days. The appointed day and the square filled with people waiting to see how it will end. Antonio celebrated mass in front of a large crowd and then with great reverence leads the body of the Lord in front of the starving mare that had been brought into the square. At the same time Bonfillo showed him the oats.
Antonio imposed silence and ordered the animal: By virtue and in the name of the Creator, whom I, unworthy as he is, I hold in my hands, I say, I order you to approach the animals and promptly with due reverence and humility so do the wicked heretics clearly learn from this gesture that every creature is subject to its Creator. The mare refused the fodder and, bending her head to the hocks, went to genuflect before the Sacrament of the Body of Christ in adoration. Seeing the incident, including everyone present and heretics, Bonville knelt adoringly.
As he confessed, Anthony received a boy who got angry and kicked his mother. Anthony said the deed would be so badly deserved that the amputee was a foot, but he acquitted it by seeing himself sincerely repent of his sins. Back home the young man took an ax and cut off his foot making a loud cry. The mother approached and saw the scene and went to Anthony accusing him of the incident. Anthony then went to the boy's house and hung his foot on the leg which remained without scars.
In Ferrara there was a gentleman who was extremely jealous of his wife, who possessed an innate grace and sweetness. When she got pregnant, he unjustly accused her of adultery and once the baby was born, she had a fairly dark complexion, her husband was even more convinced that he had cheated.
At the baptism of the child, while the procession went to church with his father, relatives and friends, Antonio passed by them and, knowing of the knight's accusations, he gave him the name of Jesus asking the child who his father was. The child, recently born, pointed to the knight and then in a clear voice said: "This is my father!" The wonder of these was great, especially that of the knight who withdrew all charges against his wife and lived happily with her.
As Brother Antonio preached in Florence, a very rich man died who refused to listen to the Saint's exhortations. Relatives of the deceased took the funeral was wonderful and invited the monk to give the eulogy of Antonio. Great was their indignation when they heard the friar comment on the words of the Gospel: "Where is the tea darling, there is your heart "(Matthew 6:21), saying that the dead man was a miser and a usurer.
To respond to the anger of relatives and friends, the Saint said: "Go and see his chest and you will find his heart". They went and, with amazement, or found trembling amidst money and jewels.
Also called a surgeon opened the chest to the body. He came, had the operation and found no heart. Before that miracle he converted many misers and usurers and tried to repair the damage done. Do not go for the wealth that makes man a slave and puts him in danger of getting lost, but virtue, the only one acceptable to God.
Therefore, the citizenry enthusiastically praised God and his Saint. And the dead man was not placed in the sepulcher prepared for him, but pulled like a donkey to the mound and buried there.
Fernando (first name of Saint Anthony) loved both God and his parents. Demonstrate love for God with long prayers and love to mom and dad with prompt and joyful obedience. The voice of the parents calling him, he was ready to leave the game and also the prayer. Once the Lord rewarded her ardent desire to go to church, so was the season when the fields of ripe and past wheat, in flocks, fell on their toes causing damage. Fernando's father has entrusted the task of supervising the field away during his absence. The child obeyed, but after an hour he felt a great desire to go to church to pray.
So he gathered all the sparrows and shut himself up in a room of the house. When the father returned, he was surprised not to find Fernando and I called to scold him. But his son assured him that not even a grain of wheat had been eaten, he took him home and showed him the flounder in captivity, then he opened the windows and left them free. The surprised father shook her heart and kissed her son in an extraordinary way.
One day he went to a great sinner, he decided to change my life and to repair all the evils committed. He knelt at his feet to make a confession, but his emotion was such that he could open his mouth, tears of repentance were printed on his face. Then the holy monk advised him to retire and write his sins on a piece of paper. The man obeyed and returned with a long list. Brother Anthony read aloud, then returned the paper to which he was reluctant on his knees. What was the wonder of the repentant sinner when he saw the perfectly clean sheet! The sins were gone from the soul of the sinner and so was the newspaper.
The large number of listeners who flocked to Brother Antonio's sermons and the conversions he obtained were filled more with heretical hatred of Rimini, which he thought was poisoned. One day they pretended to want to discuss some points of the catechism with him and invited him to lunch. Our friar, who did not want to miss the opportunity to do good, accepted the invitation. At some point before they produce a food poison. Brother Antonio, inspired by God, saw it, and rebuked them saying: "Why did you do this? To see - he said - if the words that Jesus said to the Apostles are true: drink the poison and it will not harm you".
Brother Anthony gathered in prayer, drew a cross on the food and then ate peacefully, without suffering any harm. Confused and repentant of their evil deed, the heretics ask for forgiveness, promising to convert.
Brother Anthony managed to save his father, who was unjustly accused. While Antonio was in Padua in Lisbon a couple of nights he killed an enemy and buried him in the garden of his father Antonio. Found the body, the owner of the garden was charged. He tried to prove his innocence but failed. The son knew he had gone to Lisbon and gone to court claiming the parent's innocence, but they would not believe him.
The Saint then had the man's corpse delivered to justice and, to the shock of those present, called him back to life and asked him: "Was it my father who killed you?". The risen one, sitting on the sofa, replied: "No, he was not your father" and fell on his back, returning the body. Then the judge, convinced of this man's innocence, let him go.
Anthony taught a preaching class in Montpellier, France. During the conversation in the cathedral he remembered that that day he had to sing the Alleluia during the mass that was celebrated in the convent that his convent, and he had not charged anyone to replace it. Then he opened the conversation, pulled the hood over his head and stood still for several minutes.
Wonderful At the same time the brothers saw him in their church choir and heard him sing the Alleluia. After singing, the faithful of the Montpellier Cathedral saw him tremble as if from sleep and return to the sermon. In this way, God showed him what the efforts of the faithful servant were like.
A day iorn in the city of Limoges, France, the Saint was giving an open speech because no church could hold the large number of listeners noticed. Suddenly the sky was covered with thick clouds that threatened to plunge into a great downpour. Some frightened listeners began to leave, but Fray Anthony called them assuring them that they had not been hit by the rain. Rain began to fall with rain all around, leaving the perfectly dry land occupied by the crowds. After the sermon, everyone praised the Lord for the miracle he had done and recommended to the prayers of the holy father so powerful against the wiles of the devil.
Antonio brought her back to life a boy who was suffocated in sleep by clinging to the neck of the blankets.
Even after his death many miracles were performed by Anthony.
On the day of the burial of a sick and crippled woman Anthony prayed before her urn was completely healed.
The same thing happened to another woman who had a paralyzed right leg. Her husband took her to Antony's grave and as she prayed she felt as if someone was saying. He was recovering, he left on crutches walking perfectly.
A little girl is very weak and atrophied limbs were placed on the tomb of the saint and were completely healed.
A singular episode happened to a knight named Aleardino di Salvaterra, who had always laughed at the faithful considered ignorant or naive. In a tavern he began to publicly mock some who spoke enthusiastically of Antony's many miracles. The knight, mocked, said: "It is possible that this brother did miracles this glass because the glass does not break by throwing it to the ground. Make this your holy miracle, and I embrace your faith".
Aleardino di Salvaterra threw the glass with force on the ground, but it didn't break, on the contrary, it scratched on the fallen stones. In this miracle the knight converted and became a Catholic, renouncing his errors.