Summer Saints – Anthony Zaccaria

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born in 1502.  His father died when Anthony was young, and his mother devoted herself to taking care of him and making sure that he had a happy childhood.  Anthony became a doctor so that he could heal people’s bodies, but realized that he would rather heal their souls.  He became a priest, working with the poor and the sick, and giving spiritual counsel.

St. Anthony founded a religious order called the Barnabites, who had a special devotion to the Crucified Christ and the Eucharist.  He started the practice of ringing the bells of his church every Friday at 3:00 in the afternoon, to remind people of Jesus’ death on the cross.  He also started something called the Forty Hours Devotion, which involved 40 hours of Eucharistic Adoration, with people taking turns praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

St. Anthony died in 1539, and almost 30 years later, it was discovered that his body had not decayed.  He became a saint in 1897.

Activity: Keep a little bell on your prayer table and take turns calling your family to prayer each day at 3:00.  A Glory Be would be appropriate, but any prayer that helps you remember Christ’s great sacrifice at that hour would be a great choice.

 

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