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Daily Catholic Question

Why is St. Anthony often shown holding Jesus?

According to one of the early accounts of the saint’s life, toward the end of Anthony’s life Jesus appeared to him in the form of a child, allowed Anthony to embrace him and touched Anthony on the forehead. A certain Count Tiso witnessed this event but was sworn to secrecy during the rest of Anthony’s life. The count told the story after Anthony died.

In fact, Anthony is sometimes pictured holding not the Child Jesus but a book, representing the Gospels which Anthony so zealously preached. The Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua has two such paintings; a museum in that city has a painting of Anthony with a book in one hand and a lily (symbol of purity) in the other.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012
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Alphonsus Rodriguez: Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer. 
<p>Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. Alphonsus stepped back and reassessed his life. He sold the business and, with his young son, moved into his sisters’ home. There he learned the discipline of prayer and meditation. </p><p>Years later, at the death of his son, Alphonsus, almost 40 by then, sought to join the Jesuits. He was not helped by his poor education. He applied twice before being admitted. For 45 years he served as doorkeeper at the Jesuits’ college in Majorca. When not at his post, he was almost always at prayer, though he often encountered difficulties and temptations. </p><p>His holiness and prayerfulness attracted many to him, including St. Peter Claver, then a Jesuit seminarian. Alphonsus’s life as doorkeeper may have been humdrum, but he caught the attention of poet and fellow-Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins, who made him the subject of one of his poems. </p><p>Alphonsus died in 1617. He is the patron saint of Majorca.</p> American Catholic Blog People mess up, and it’s especially hard to watch as our children and other young people go down paths we know are likely to lead to heartbreak. Providing gentle guidance when it’s needed, and love even when that guidance isn’t followed, helps them to start fresh.

 
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