Anthony was a pilgrim from Hungary who arrived in Rome for the Holy Year celebrations of 1350, seeking to gain the special jubilee indulgences promulgated by the pope. In Rome, he completely devoted himself to visiting the apostlesí tombs and other pious exercises. After becoming a Third Order Franciscan, Anthony proceeded to Assisi to gain an indulgence there. After leaving Assisi, he fell ill at Foligno, where he was admitted as a patient in the cityís Hospital of the Holy Spirit. Impressed by the devoted care he received, leading to his recovery, Anthony resolved to remain in Foligno and dedicate himself to the service of the hospitalís other patients. Thereafter he combined a spiritual life of deep prayer and demanding self-denial with a nursing apostolate in which he exhibited such exceptional charity and humility that he became a model to the other hospital attendants. Many troubled and sorely tempted souls resorted to Anthony to receive his sound counsel. His body now rests in a gold shrine over the high altar of the hospitalís chapel.
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By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes