Franciscan Saints

31st December

Blessed Anthony of Hungary

Confessor, Third Order

�Almighty God Himself instituted a jubilee in the Old Testament (Lev. 25). It was celebrated every fifty years, and a certain remission of debt was associated with it. So a jubilee year was also celebrated in the Christian Church of old every fifty years, and later on every twenty-five years, to which a plenary indulgence, or the remission of temporal punishment due to sin, was attached. Sometimes, too, the jubilee an extraordinary jubilee indulgence is granted because of some special occasion.�

Unlike in today�s world, the jubilee indulgence was only available through a pilgrimage to Rome. In 1350 a Solemn Jubilee was declared occasioning a pilgrimage from every nation in Europe. In Italy the roads were clogged with people going to see the tombs of the Apostles in Rome.

And so it was that the holy man Anthony came to Rome to share in the indulgence, after performing his devotions there he proceeded to Assisi to gain the Portiuncula indulgences, and there joined the Third Order of St. Francis. Anthony continued his journey and became ill in Foligno and went to the hospital of the holy Spirit

to be treated. There he received the very best treatment available and next to God, he attributed his recovery to the care he received there. Anthony devoted the rest of his life to ministering to the sick with so much love and humility as to become an example to all the other nurses working there. Additionally Anthony led an austere life, blessed by God with the gift of contemplative prayer Anthony died in 1398,honoured by all as a saint.

�Almighty God showed how pleased he was with Anthony�s extraordinary sense of gratitude and the holiness of his life by numerous miracles which occurred at his grave� consequently his body was exhumed in 1608. Clothing Anthony in the garb of the Third Order, and placed in a gilded shrine above the high altar of the hospital church at Foligno.

Prayer of the Church

O, God, whose mercy is boundless, and whose bounty is an
inexhaustible treasury, we thank Thy gracious majesty for all the
benefits Thou hast bestowed on us, and we implore Thy mercy
at all times that Thou mayest not forsake those whose prayers
Thou hast heeded, but wouldst rather prepare them for the
eternal reward.
Through this same Christ our Lord who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

Source: Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

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