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St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) adoring the C...

St. Anthony adoring the Christ Child

In Paris, across the Seine River from the Notre Dame Cathedral, stands the ancient Church of St. Severin.  Built at the same time as the Cathedral, about 1200 A.D., St. Severin serves as the Parish Church of the neighborhood, with seating for about 300 parishioners.  To enter St. Severin is like walking into Heaven, with its semi-darkness and silence, its atmosphere of prayer, its history as a Church for 800 years.

While visiting there for prayer one day, I came across an unusual piece of statuary.  Usually St. Anthony stands straight and tall as he holds the Christ Child close to himself.  In this case, in St. Severin, the Holy Childs sits on a block of stone, with St. Anthony on the floor, asleep, with his head and arms resting on the knees of Christ.  As the Child looks down tenderly at the Saint, His Face shows love and care.  Never before or since have I seen such an imaginative work of an artist that portrays so well, God’s Love for us.  We can never out love God.

We hear often how we should love God with our whole heart, soul and mind.  Too seldom people speak about God’s Love for us.  If we understood God’s caring for us we would find it easier to love God in return with all our being.  His love surrounds us and supports us, much as water envelops the fish in the sea.

Most likely, we had the blessing of growing up in a loving home atmosphere.  Our fathers and mothers showered love and attention on us throughout our days.  Never for a moment did we doubt that we meant the world to them.  Complete love like this makes possible the best growth conditions for us as human beings.  We mature into loving, compassionate, responsible people!

Appreciate the Love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have for each one of us!  God cares for us as individuals, not just as a part of a big glob of humanity.  Look about and see evidence of God’s concern for us: the food on our tables, the beauty of the world about us, the friendship of people close to us, the variety of the Seasons.  God’s everlasting affection for us creates the ideal climate for growth in the spirit!

I look upon this discovery of the statuary in St. Severin Church as a singular blessing from God.  In many dark times, the memory of St. Anthony and the Holy Child helped me to fall at the knees of Christ and gaze upon His Face – alive with love for me!  I bore my trials with new strength!  This helped me to persevere.

November 19, 2011 - Posted by | Bulletins


  1. What a beautfiul story, Fr. George! I think that people tend to think of all the wrongs in their life and blame God (why me, God?). God is with us in all things and as you say,His love will help us through our trials. I hope to see this church and statue when we are in Paris next year. Praying for you daily, Fr. George! Love, Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | November 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. Feeling so peaceful after reading your latest blog . . . Thanks for another blessing dearest Father McKenna!

    Thinking how beautiful the view from your balcony window must be today . . .The Holy Family Villa campus and

    the lake! . . . Also wishing you lots more Home, Health, and Hope blessings!

    A hug, Mary Lou Wingert

    “No person kneels in prayer without rising a better person.”

    Comment by Mary Lou Wingert | January 21, 2012 | Reply

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