YEAR B: HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. MEMORIAL OF ST ANTHONY OF PADUA
HOMILY THEME: PATRON SAINT FOR LOST THINGS
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Feast of St. Anthony of Padua
We celebrate this day the feast of our revered and prolific patron, Saint Anthony of Padua. The popularity of Saint Anthony maybe realized by the number of people, men and women, who were named after him. I also discovered that almost every mother and grandmother possess and pray the novena for his intercession.
In recognition of his effective intercession, let me tell you the story of my encounter with him. It happened at the time when we were raising funds for our parish, Saint Anthony of Padua Parish in Singalong. We made a pledge form bearing his picture to be given to those who want to participate in our fund raising. One day, a friend of mine, now a lawyer and an ex- seminarian, rode with me on my way home. I took the opportunity to invite him to be a donor for our fund raising. I got a copy of our pledge form and gave it to him. The moment he saw the picture of Saint Anthony, he exclaimed, “Oh my God! He visited us! He gave us a miracle!” And he went on to tell me what happened.
As a lawyer, he decided to establish a small law office in his hometown. He offered basic legal services like issuing affidavits. After some time, no client had ever visited his place. His mother- in-law suggested they pray a novena which happened to be a novena for the intercession of St. Anthony. Still, weeks passed and no visitors in his law office. Until that fateful day, one client came and requested for an affidavit. Before the man can speak, my lawyer-friend asked the man how he came to know his office? The man said that an earlier client told him about the office.
My friend said that there was no one who came to his office except him. He asked the man to describe the previous client. He answered the description of Saint Anthony! Another client came, and another and another. Soon, his office was teeming with clients! My friend believed it was because of Saint Anthony!