View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Monday, July 05, 2010

A surprise during a visit to the Fatima Shrine

The Good Looking One and I went to the Fatima Shrine in Lewiston today, and it turns out it was the feast St. Anthony Zaccaria, who founded the Barnabite Order that runs the shrine.

The priest who celebrated Mass had a relic for veneration, and a blessing for all of us. Nice surprise.

St. Anthony studied to be a doctor, finishing his degree at age 22, but then studied for the priesthood and was ordained at age 26 in 1528. In addition to establishing orders for men and women, he worked to reform the morals of the faithful, encouraged laymen to work together with the apostolate, and urged frequent reception of Communion. He's also one of the Saints who helped to encourage 40 Hours devotions.

He got sick and died in 1539 while on a peace mission.

As for the shrine, they have been renovating the basilica, and what's been done so far looks very nice.


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