Many miracles are attributed to St. Anthony of Padua, among them blessing and eating food which had been poisoned by his enemies¬†and not¬†being harmed; preaching to the fish who rose out of the river to listen; and bi-location when he remembered during preaching a sermon that he had to sing elsewhere in¬†the Brothers' choir.¬†
The dictionary tells us that a miracle is "an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause."¬† I have heard it said, and I think it is true, that miracles often take place in our physical world but we don't recognize them because of their frequency.
What about the miracle of life itself?¬† When you think of the complex make-up of our bodies and how we are created: how a child grows in the womb cell by cell, how we can feel, touch, see, hear and taste; every morning that we¬†awaken and take another breath can seem miraculous.
And miracles in nature occur everywhere:¬† how the moon effects the ebb and flow of the ocean tides, how¬†tiny blossoms¬†flower into¬†spectacular¬†arrays of art, how strange and¬†marvelous animals exist in the depths of the ocean.
Although¬†these things are not outside the realm of nature, if you believe in a God who created them all, then He must be the Miracle Maker.¬† Today let us thank and praise God for the miracles all¬†around us, and be¬†grateful for another day to witness their wonder.¬† I think St. Anthony would approve.
St. Anthony, pray for us!