If you are Catholic you may or may not realize that today is the feast of the great famous Franciscan Saint Anthony of Padua. That’s all well and good you might say, but what has that got to do with me you might think? Dévotion to saints etc., for the modern mind seems to be a very outdated idea. This notion seems old-fashioned, uncool, and verges on the superstitious, says you. Saints and all things ‘holy’ belong to the older generation of our grandparents, who we deem as probably un-educated and gullible, in comparison to our high tech generation. They were in another time and were naive enough to believe and swallow all that the Church sold them back then. Were n’t they? Or were they? Or is there something for us even today? Is there something these so-called ‘great saints’ can teach and show us? even if they lived in periods so far removed from us? I for one think so. And what is testament to their greatness is the fact that they have stood the test of time. This in itself speaks volumes, as normally the fruit is in the pudding or its not so to speak. Our grandparents and forefathers may have lived in different eras and had a completely different consciousness, but nonetheless, they were no egits. And they knew that great saints and sages had something to tell and lots to teach us. Great saints and sages existed in all ages, as they still do today. We need great saints and sages as much now a days, as we did in bygone times. We may be more advanced than our forefathers in some manners, but we still need guidance and examples of pure love. That’s what st. Anthony of Padua was; an example of pure love and light. We can draw lessons and light from him, and all like him. Let us never get too big for our boots and forget that. Saints and sages are serious people or if you prefer just friends we have not met yet, that we should always look to for help, guidance, inspiration, and growth.

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