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Liturgical day: June 13th: St. Anthony of Padua, presbyter and doctor of the Church

Gospel text (Lk 10,1-9): The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. The Lord appointed seventy-two other disciples and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place, where he himself was to go. And he said to them, «The harvest is rich, but the workers are few. So you must ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest. Courage! I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Set off without purse or bag or sandals; and do not stop at the homes of those you know.

»Whatever house you enter, first bless them saying: ‘Peace to this house’. If a friend of peace lives there, the peace shall rest upon that person. But if not, the blessing will return to you. Stay in that house eating and drinking at their table, for the worker deserves to be paid. Do not move from house to house. When they welcome you in any town, eat what they offer you. Heal the sick who are there and say to them: ‘The kingdom of God has drawn near to you’».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today is the day of St. Anthony, who belonged to the first generation of the Friars Minor. He is one of the most popular Saints in the whole Catholic Church. Anthony contributed significantly to the development of Franciscan spirituality. He dedicated himself with interest and solicitude to the study of the Bible and of the Church Fathers. Anthony was also one of the first theology teachers of the Friars Minor. The Venerable Pope Pius XII proclaimed Anthony a Doctor of the Church, attributing to him the title “Doctor Evangelicus”.

—Anthony, in the school of Francis, always put Christ at the center of his life and thinking, of his action and of his preaching.