St. Anthony of Padua, the “finder of lost articles,” was born into a wealthy family in Portugal in 1195, and first joined the Augustinian order. After he had been ordained into that order, he was inspired by the simple lifestyle of some Franciscans he encountered. He then obtained permission to leave his order, and joined the relatively new Franciscans.
In 2018, FAITH continues to offer the column Discipleship 101, based on Sherry Weddell’s books, Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus (2012) and Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World (2017). Sherry is a leading voice in the Catholic world in the field of forming missionary disciples – engaged Catholics who strive to grow as disciples of Jesus and go evangelize, sharing the Gospel with others.
Dear Father Joe: I know Jesus says we have to love everybody, but I really can’t stand one of the people I work with; we simply can’t work together. I’ve prayed about it, but no matter how hard I pray, I get angry just thinking of them. How can I love them?
First things first, you are not alone! This is a very common problem that, I would imagine, everyone experiences at some point.
Dear Fr. Joe: How can I help … my friend, coworker or neighbor who is in mourning?
Losing someone we love is such a painful thing, and your desire to help someone in a time of loss can be absolutely life-changing for them. I’ve had a lot of experience with people who are grieving the death of a loved one, and think I can be helpful here.
In his work, “The World’s Religions,” author Huston Smith highlights an 19th century Hindu saint, Ramakrishna, as an illustration of a conviction that the various major religions are alternate paths to the same goal. Ramakrishna, after experiencing each of the major religions, concluded that there existed an essential unity among them. He wrote, “God has made different religions to suit different aspirations, times, and countries.