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Zaccarian Spirituality Lived Today

Zaccarian Spirituality Lived Today

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Published by Matthew Plese
An examination of the spirituality of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. St. Anthony Zaccaria (1502-1539) was a priest of the Catholic Church who became the founder of the Clerks Regular of St. Paul, later called the Barnabites, a religious order within the Catholic Church.
An examination of the spirituality of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria. St. Anthony Zaccaria (1502-1539) was a priest of the Catholic Church who became the founder of the Clerks Regular of St. Paul, later called the Barnabites, a religious order within the Catholic Church.

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Matthew P. <acatholiclife@gmail.com>
St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria's articles
Fr. Robert B. Kosek
<robert.kosek@gmail.com>Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 10:50 PMTo: Matthew <acatholiclife@gmail.com>
Dear Matthew,Greetings in the Lord!The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am submitting three articles as per your request dated June 25,2009. The articles are the reply to the two questions you posed, namely:1.How does the life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria help the average Catholic in living a more Catholic life?2. How does the life and vocation of St. Anthony Zaccaria inspire priestly and religious vocations?On this occasion I have asked a religious sister a member of the Angelic Sister of St. Paul Congregation to addressthe two questions and a member of the Laity of St. Paul to address the first question.I hope that your Readers will find them interesting and informative. I want to thank you again for your graciousinvitation to your Blogs to interact with Catholics and Christians who seek for solid spirituality. It is very encouraging to see lay faithful people like yourself working as an arduous disciple in the Lord’s vineyard.Matthew thank you for your example.I want to assure you of my prayers in your intentions.
 Yours in the Lord,Fr. Robert B. Kosek, CRSP
I hope that we will continue our apostolic cooperation.
Gmail - St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria's articleshttps://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=d3ba459976&view=pt&q=za...1 of 17/5/2012 9:22 PM
1. How does the life and example of St. Anthony Zaccaria help the averageCatholic in living a more Catholic life?
by. Sr. Rorivic Ma. P. Israel, ASSP 
A Saint for All Time
A reformer of the early 16th century, St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, tracks the same path as St. Ignatiusof Loyola, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis de Sales, and St. Philip Neri. Hispervasive and overriding entreaty was: "renew the Christian fervor" everywhere! And whichgeneration would claim it never needed any renewal?Any Catholic, living in this generation marked by secularism and an apparent decadence of moralvalues, can certainly look up to St. Anthony Mary, who in his life had shown a great example of howit is to "circumnavigate" the world without being subdued by its lure and oppressive mundaneprinciples. St. Anthony Mary exemplifies a man or a woman who keeps his Catholic principles andbeliefs despite the warring ideologies around him (one can go back to the history of Catholiccounter-reformation), mindful only of doing what is right in God’s eyes and before his neighbor.St. Anthony reformed "within" the Church, not "without." His way was "ordinary, done in anextraordinary way": as a young fellow, he was sensitive to the needs of his time and showed greatkindness toward the poor and the disadvantaged; as a medical doctor, he served the sick with greatcare and compassion; as a priest, he preached with the fervor of St. Paul, longing only to save souls,and served the spiritual needs of those who came to him for confession and spiritual direction; as aCatholic, he was deeply devoted to the Eucharist: He "promoted devotion to the Eucharistic Christin the form of the Forty Hours devotion, public and solemn adoration of the Blessed Sacrament byturn in various city churches, which he first celebrated in Milan in 1537," and also "promotedfrequent Holy Communion." and to the Crucified Lord: "To promote devotion to Christ CrucifiedAnthony Mary instituted the practice of the tolling of church bells at 3 p.m. every Friday inremembrance of Christ's death on the cross."St. Anthony Mary remained "Catholic," notwithstanding the barrage of protests his mother Churchexperienced in his days. St. Anthony Mary remained a true son – in his fervent and joyful service andlove for God and neighbor.May St. Anthony Mary renew in each one of us that "fervor" of a true Christian, of a true Catholic.
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

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