1. How does the life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria help the averageCatholic in living a more Catholic life?
by: Mary Gambino
The life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria can help us to live a more authentic Catholic life in themidst of the modern world. By familiarizing ourselves with the life and times of this priest and doctor,we can apply his principals of holiness to our daily lives. These principals are clearly defined in St.Anthony Zaccaria's letters, famous sayings, sermons, constitutions and teaching on various topics.However, all the teaching in the world would be meaningless if the life did not reflect the writing. Inthe study of St. Anthony Zaccaria, we learn how he put his preaching into practice. His life is aconcrete example of his teaching. In fact, it is sometimes difficult to determine which came first, thepractice or the preaching.As a young boy in Cremona, St. Anthony displayed a love for poverty and for the poor. He gave awayhis clothes and food to those less fortunate. He shunned the luxuries associated with the nobility intowhich he was born. In order to better serve the poor, he gave to his widowed mother his inheritanceand requested from her only the basic necessities. He excelled at his studies and became a physician.In treating his patients, he realized their need for spiritual as well as physical healing. He answeredthe call to the priesthood and took for his inspiration and model the tireless Apostle Paul. In order toeffectively treat the illness that surrounded him, he became a great reformer of the Church.Pope Clement VII, in 1533, granted St. Anthony's request to form a congregation dedicated to thereform of the Church and of the people; the Clerics Regular of St. Paul. Because this congregationhad as its "home" the Church of St. Barnabas, they became known as The Barnabites. He laterfounded the Angelic Sisters of St. Paul, which proved to serve as an example for the reform of othermonasteries, and also a Congregation of Laity of St. Paul. In all his undertakings, St. Anthonycontemplated Christ Crucified. He spread Eucharistic Piety through the establishment of the FortyHours Devotion. In short, St. Anthony employed all his strength in serving the Lord and His Churchdurning his short life. His writings serve as a reflection of his deeds.In the midst of our everyday busy lives, we can look at St. Anthony's writings and reflect on his busylife as an inspiration to grow in holiness. When we consider his love for the poor, we can also listento his advice: "If you are generous, you will learn to conduct yourselves with the law engraved in yourhearts, rather than with external laws". In shunning luxuries we hear him tell us, "reflect and see whatgreat harm is caused by seeking one's comfort......do not foolishly try to be equal to others by imitatingtheir way of behaving and talking". In contemplating his excellence in his studies we hear him tellus, "While working, thinking, or planning, frequently lift up your mind to God".When we consider his compassion on those who need physical healing, we can heed his advice to"Take great care of the sick and diligently look after them". In considering his ability as a doctor wecan contemplate his thoughts on spiritual surgery: "Anyone willing to become a spiritual person