Monday, October 24, 2022

A message by the gates of hell...

 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, 
and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence. - I John 3:19

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"St Anthony of Claret had always been especially 
attracted by devotions honoring the Blessed 
Sacrament.  During his school days he had been 
so captivated by a book his father gave him, 
The Goodness of  Our Sacramental Lord
that he had committed it to memory!

Kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament, 
he would pray:  "Oh, my God, grant me a place 
by the gates of hell, that I may stop those 
who enter there, saying:  
'Where are you going, unhappy one?  Back, go back!  
Make a good confession.  Save your soul!  
Don't come back here to be lost forever.' "

From Hidden Treasure: The Riches of the Eucharist
Louis Kaczmarek 

St Anthony Mary Claret
Spain ~ 1807-1870
Missionary, Religious founder (Claretians),
Social reformer, Queen's (Spain) chaplain,
Writer and publisher, Excellent/renowned preacher
Survived 15 assassination attempts
Great devotion to Eucharist and Immaculate Heart of Mary
Said of him... "never without a rosary in his hands"
Archbishop of Cuba 1850-57
"The spiritual father of Cuba"
Feast Day - October 24

"When I see the need for Divine teaching and how hungry people
are to hear it, I am atremble to be off and running throughout the world,
preaching the word of God. I have no rest, my soul finds no other relief,
than to rush about and preach." ~ St. Anthony Mary Claret

“I am driven,” Antonio Claret wrote in his autobiography, 
“to preach without ceasing by the sight of the throngs of souls 
who are falling into hell. . . . Woe is me if I do not,
 for they could hold me responsible for their damnation!”

When asked the secret of his missionary success, the saint answered: 
“I pray to Our Lady and demand results of Her.”
“But what if She does not give them?”
“Then I take hold of the hem of Her robe
and refuse to let go until She has granted me what I want!”

St Anthony Mary Claret, pray for us!

Click here: A Very Special Patron: Saint Anthony Mary Claret | (excellent!)
 Click here: St. Anthony Mary Claret - YouTube (2 mins)
Click here: Saint Anthony Mary Claret 10-24 - YouTube (1:20 mins)

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