July 8, 2009

Newest Polish publication on St. Anthony M. Zaccaria

Just this May, 2009 came out newest Polish translation

of  Andrea M. Erba, CRSP  and Antonio M. Gentili's, CRSP book entitled

Reformator - Święty Antoni Maria Zaccaria (1502-1539)

REFORMER - St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria (1502-1539)

The book is published by Wydawnictwo SALWATOR 2009   

July 7, 2009

Over 150 images of St. Anthony Zaccaria

Enjoy over 150 images of St. Anthony Zaccaria,

founder of the Clerics Regular of St. Pual -Barnabites

Angelic Sisters of St. Paul , and Laity of St. Paul

in  Power Point format prepared by Fr. Luigi Rusnati , CRSP 

and uploaded by Sr. Rorivic Ma. P. Israel, ASSP 

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria in the Philippines

St. Anthony Zaccaria’s perpetual calendar thanks to the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul is being distributed among the elementary and high school students of – Mother of Divine Providence School in the Philippine, Marikina Heights.

photo: Sr. Rorivic Ma. P. Israel, ASSP

Unknown painting of St. Anthony Zaccaria

Anonimo Veneziano, Sebastiano del Piombo (?)
S.Antonio M. Zaccaria 1537
Austin [ Texas,USA ], Blanton Museum 

Thanks to Fr. Michele P.Morgillo, a Barnabite 

July 5, 2009

Happy Feast Day of St. Anthony Zaccaria - July 5

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May our Holy Father
bless each one of us
with the zeal and fervor of St. Paul.
May his spirit continue
to inspire us to spread
God's love and forgiveness
to those we serve in the world.

Happy Feast Day of St. Anthony Zaccaria

From Angelic Sisters of St. Paul and the Barnabite Farhers

July 2, 2009

Zaccarian Spirituality Lived Today - No. 3

2. How does the life and vocation of St. Anthony Zaccaria inspire priestly and religious vocations?
by. Sr. Rorivic Ma. P. Israel, ASSP

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Left All for Christ

Behind and before him, lay a promising life. St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria left such a promising life for Christ.  
St. Anthony was a son of a noble family. His father, Lazzaro, died when he was only a boy, making him an heir of a patriarchal inheritance – but all this he relegated to another relative to possess, not wanting his soul to be catapulted by its appeal.

He obtained his degree in medicine at 22 years old (1524): certainly this educational feat – and at such a very young age – held for him surmounting possibilities and a bright future. But he left them all for Christ.

St. Anthony Mary felt the call of Christ in his heart while serving the sick in their homes and in the hospitals. He realized deep within that Christ’s call was not only for the "physically" sick, but for the "spiritually" sick as well.

Four years later (1528), St. Anthony Mary was ordained a priest. Anyone would notice the promptness of his yielding to Christ. "Not later", but "now" seemed to be his word.
The fervor of his youth was "wantonly" used for Christ: which would explain his death of exhaustion at a young age of 36. Yes, he exhausted all his physical and spiritual energy: serving, proclaiming, and accomplishing every task Christ Crucified called him to do.

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria proves to be an inspiration for anyone who wants to follow Christ. His example was: promptness and fervent service for Christ and His Kingdom.

St. Anthony Mary is the founder of the Clerics Regular of St. Paul (Barnabites), the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, and the Laity of St. Paul.

For more information you may write to:

Vocation Director

Clerics Regular of St. Paul
P.O. Box 167,
Youngstown, NY 14174-0167
Or visit:

Vocation Directress
Angelic Sisters of St. Paul
770 Washington St.
Easton, PA, 18042
Or visit:

Zaccarian Spirituality Lived Today - No. 2

1. How does the life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria help the average Catholic in living a more Catholic life?
by. Sr. Rorivic Ma. P. Israel, ASSP

A Saint for All Time

A reformer of the early 16th century, St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, tracks the same path as St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis de Sales, and St. Philip Neri. His pervasive and overriding entreaty was: "renew the Christian fervor" everywhere! And which generation would claim it never needed any renewal?

Any Catholic, living in this generation marked by secularism and an apparent decadence of moral values, can certainly look up to St. Anthony Mary, who in his life had shown a great example of how it is to "circumnavigate" the world without being subdued by its lure and oppressive mundane principles. St. Anthony Mary exemplifies a man, or a woman, who keeps his Catholic principles and beliefs despite the warring ideologies around him (one can go back to the history of Catholic counter-reformation), mindful only of doing what is right in God’s eyes and before his neighbor.

St. Anthony reformed "within" the Church, not "without." His way was "ordinary, done in an extraordinary way": as a young fellow, he was sensitive to the needs of his time and showed great kindness toward the poor and the disadvantaged; as a medical doctor, he served the sick with great care and compassion; as a priest, he preached with the fervor of St. Paul, longing only to save souls, and served the spiritual needs of those who came to him for confession and spiritual direction; as a Catholic, he was deeply devoted to the Eucharist: He "promoted devotion to the Eucharistic Christ in the form of the Forty Hours devotion, public and solemn adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by turn in various city churches, which he first celebrated in Milan in 1537," and also "promoted frequent Holy Communion." and to the Crucified Lord: "To promote devotion to Christ Crucified Anthony Mary instituted the practice of the tolling of church bells at 3 p.m. every Friday in remembrance of Christ's death on the cross."

St. Anthony Mary remained "Catholic," notwithstanding the barrage of protests his mother Church experienced in his days. St. Anthony Mary remained a true son – in his fervent and joyful service and love for God and neighbor.

May St. Anthony Mary renew in each one of us that "fervor" of a true Christian, of a true Catholic.

Zaccarian Spirituality Lived Today - No. 1

1. How does the life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria help the average Catholic in living a more Catholic life?
by: Mary Gambino
The life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria can help us to live a more authentic Catholic life in the midst of the modern world. By familiarizing ourselves with the life and times of this priest and doctor, we can apply his principals of holiness to our daily lives. These principals are clearly defined in St. Anthony Zaccaria's letters, famous sayings, sermons, constitutions and teaching on various topics. However, all the teaching in the world would be meaningless if the life did not reflect the writing. In the study of St. Anthony Zaccaria, we learn how he put his preaching into practice. His life is a concrete example of his teaching. In fact, it is sometimes difficult to determine which came first, the practice or the preaching.

As a young boy in Cremona, St. Anthony displayed a love for poverty and for the poor. He gave away his clothes and food to those less fortunate. He shunned the luxuries associated with the nobility into which he was born. In order to better serve the poor, he gave to his widowed mother his inheritance and requested from her only the basic necessities. He excelled at his studies and became a physician. In treating his patients, he realized their need for spiritual as well as physical healing. He answered the call to the priesthood and took for his inspiration and model the tireless Apostle Paul. In order to effectively treat the illness that surrounded him, he became a great reformer of the Church.

Pope Clement VII, in 1533, granted St. Anthony's request to form a congregation dedicated to the reform of the Church and of the people; the Clerics Regular of St. Paul. Because this congregation had as its "home" the Church of St. Barnabas, they became known as The Barnabites. He later founded the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, which proved to serve as an example for the reform of other monasteries, and also a Congregation of Laity of St. Paul. In all his undertakings, St. Anthony contemplated Christ Crucified. He spread Eucharistic Piety through the establishment of the Forty Hours Devotion. In short, St. Anthony employed all his strength in serving the Lord and His Church durning his short life. His writings serve as a reflection of his deeds.

In the midst of our everyday busy lives, we can look at St. Anthony's writings and reflect on his busy life as an inspiration to grow in holiness. When we consider his love for the poor, we can also listen to his advice: "If you are generous, you will learn to conduct yourselves with the law engraved in your hearts, rather than with external laws". In shunning luxuries we hear him tell us, "reflect and see what great harm is caused by seeking one's comfort......do not foolishly try to be equal to others by imitating their way of behaving and talking". In contemplating his excellence in his studies we hear him tell us, "While working, thinking, or planning, frequently lift up your mind to God".

When we consider his compassion on those who need physical healing, we can heed his advice to "Take great care of the sick and diligently look after them". In considering his ability as a doctor we can contemplate his thoughts on spiritual surgery: "Anyone willing to become a spiritual person begins a series of surgical operations in his soul. One day he removes this, another day he removes that, and relentlessly proceeds until he lays aside his old self".

In his love for Christ Crucified, St. Anthony shares the benefit he gains from this practice, "Enter into conversation with Jesus Crucified as familiarly as you would with me and discuss with Him all or just a few of your problems....if you practice this way of prayer, I can assure you that little by little you will derive from it both great spiritual profit and an ever-greater love relationship with Christ....Remember that Jesus Crucified has always been abundantly generous with you".
Lastly, St. Anthony's words and example encourage us to follow him in the path of saintliness which transcends time. "Do not think that my love for you or the good qualities you are endowed with may have me desire that you be just little saints. No, I greatly desire that you become great saints.....All that is required to become great saints is that you really mean to develop and give back to Jesus Christ Crucified the good qualities and graces He has given."

July 1, 2009

Zaccarian Spirituality Collection - No. 3

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To commemorate the closing of Pauline Year ( June 29, 2009)

we present issue no 3 of the Zaccarian Spirituality Collection entitled:

In the Footsteps of St. Paul: The "Paulism" of St. Anthony M. Zaccaria.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Most Faithful Follower of His Paul

I. St. Paul in the Life of St. Anthony M. Zaccaria
1. The Witnesses
2. Later Contribution
3. The ‘Vision of St. Paul’ Before His Death
4. Although Dead, He Still Speaks (Heb 11:4)
5. Similarity of Character

II. St. Paul in the Writings of St. Anthony Zaccaria
1. Preamble
2. Pauline Titles
3. Pauline Quotations
3.1. Number of the Quotations
3.2. The Way of Quoting
3.3. Source of the Quotations
3.4. Purpose of the Quotations
4. Pauline Doctrine
5. Reference to St. Paul’s Life
6. Comments to the Letters of St. Paul
7. Familiarity with the Apostle
8. Affinity in the Epistolary Style

III. The Origins of the Zaccarian Paulism

IV. Which Paul?
1. The Theologian
2. The Apostle
3. The Martyr
4. The Mystic

Conclusion: Anthony Alter Paul