―the love of God, the love that makes you pleasing to Him”
(St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Sermon IV)
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Rom 8:35-38)
What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written: For your sake we are being slain all the day; we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A reading from the forth Sermon of St. Anthony Zaccaria
“Who could go through so many dangers, hardships, troubles and afflictions, if he were not uplifted by love? No one. What traveler, no matter how light-footed and prudent, could walk on so narrow and so rough a road without getting some delight? What lover, deeply infatuated with his beloved, could ever leave her, were it not for another one? Could we, then, drunk with visible and ever present things -- and necessary things, besides -- give up loving them, were it not for a greater love compelling us to do so? No way!
… Consider what a great love is demanded of us: a love that can be none other but the love of God. … How happy good Christians are as they find themselves free from any attachment, for on account of this.
Saint Anthony, True friend of God…Pray for us
Saint Anthony, True lover of Christ…Pray for us
Saint Anthony, Friend and herald of the Holy Spirit…Pray for us
All merciful Father, you so loved the world that you gave your only begotten Son for the forgiveness of sin, through His Holy Blood sanctify me in love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be...
Prayer to St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
Saint Anthony Zaccaria, helper of the poor and the sick, you who devoted your life to our spiritual welfare, listen to my humble and hopeful prayer. Continue your work as doctor and priest by obtaining from GOD healing from my physical and moral sickness, so that free from all evil and sin, I may love the LORD with joy, fulfill with fidelity my duties, work generously for the good of my brothers and sisters, and for my sanctification. AMEN