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"So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Lk 12:21

"He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken." Ps 62:2

St. Methodius I of Constantinople - 14Jun (c.800 - 847) Patriarch of Constantinople, modem Istanbul. He was born in Syracuse, Sicily, and builta monastery on the island of Chios. After some time in Constantinople, he was sent to Rome in 815 as the representative of Patriarch Nicephorus, who was exiled by Emperor Leo V the Armenian for refusing to yield to the imperial decrees on the destruction of icons. Methodius returned in 821 and was himself scourged and imprisoned for seven years. Finally, in 842, Empress Theodora arranged for his elevation as patriarch of Constantinople. In this office, he convened a council and promoted orthodoxy and the veneration of icons after the long years of iconoclasticism. Methodius was a prolific writer, being the author of a life of St. Theopanes. SOURCE: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5099

St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231, Franciscan, priest, preacher, miracle worker, 'the Hammer of Heretics' "The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ." "The life of the body is the soul; the life of the soul is God." "Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft." "I ask that if you find anything edifying, anything consoling, anything well presented, that you give all praise, all glory and all honor to the Blessed Son of God Jesus Christ. If on the other hand, you find anything that is ill composed, uninteresting or not to well explained, you impute and attribute it to my weakness, blindness, and lack of skill." "Solicitude for material things distracts the soul and divides it. The devil seizes the divided soul and drags it to hell." "Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul." "Damned money! Alas! How many religious did it blind! How many cloistered religious did it deceive! Money is the 'droppings of birds' that blinded the eyes of Tobit." (Tob 2:10-12) "These symbolize (Proverbs 30:14) the greedy and usurers whose teeth are swords and knifes which they use to devour the poor and steal their megger possessions. All of them are children of this world who consider the children of light to be stupid and believe themselves to be the prudent ones. Their prudence is their death." "Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth." "Christ acts like a loving mother. To induce us to follow Him, He gives us Himself as an example and promises us a reward in His kingdom." “If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them!” "The Glorious Virgin did not have a stain in her birth because she was santified in her mother's womb and safeguarded there by angels." "Anyone, then, who desires to live chastely in Christ Jesus, must flee not only the mouse of lust, but even from its very scent." "The spirit of humility is sweeter than honey, and those who nourish themselves with this honey produce sweet fruit." "He prays best who does not know that he is praying." "Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of action, and therefore are cursed by the Lord since He Himself cursed the fig tree when He found no fruit but only leaves." "What we are before God, we are and nothing more."

Humble prayer and trust leads us from the darkness of this world into the Light of the next. Follow the Mother who always leads towards the glory of the Son.

St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231, Franciscan, priest, preacher, miracle worker, "the Hammer of Heretics" "The Glorious Virgin did not have a stain in her birth because she was santified in her mother's womb and safeguarded there by angels." "Christ's birth from the Virgin knows no equal among women, but is mirrored in nature. Someone may ask how the Virgin gave birth to the Savior. She begot Him as a blossom emanates perfume. The blossom of the vine remains incorrupt after it has given off its perfume, and so likewise, faith leads us to believe that the modesty of the Virgin—the modesty with which she gave birth the Savior—was not violated. What else is the flower of virginity if not a sweet perfume?" "Just as a lily does not lose any of its beauty in emitting its sweet fragrance, so too did our Lady preserve Her virginity in giving birth to the Savior." "The blessed Mother will not run away from any... sinner. She is appropriately called the Mother of Mercy since she welcomes any sinner who approaches her, offering solace to the afflicted and hope to the despairing." "The rainbow is a symbol of the peace and reconciliation which the blessed Virgin, our Mediatrix, effected between God and man." "Through you, Paradise has entered our world!" "Our Lady, our only hope, we are asking you to illumine our souls with the brilliance of your grace... that we may be worthy of His glory."

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