Talents

For those who have lost their talents:

 

St. Anthony only gradually realized what his talents were. When he first entered the Augustinian order (before he became a Franciscan), he thought that God was calling him to study and contemplation. These talents, however, were only part of what God intended for him. When he was asked to preach at the Ordination of some of the friars, he discovered that he had a gift for preaching. Even though he wasn't prepared (for they told him to preach at the last minute), his preaching was so beautiful and profound that his friars sent him out on the road to preach to people for the rest of his life.

 

He also found out that he was especially good at confronting heretics. They often rejected the hierarchy and the good of this world. By demonstrating how much he loved God and the Church, he confounded their rejection of the hierarchy. By using examples from nature in his homilies, he emphasized that this world is a source of revelation about who God is. He eventually received the nickname of "the hammer of heretics."

 

Prayer for oneself:

St. Anthony,
I believe that the Holy Spirit has gifted me with many talents.
Help me to discern what those talents are.
Guide my in my use of these talents
so that I might use them for the good of others.
Teach me patience,
especially when I find myself in situations in which my talents
are not recognized or are discounted.
Most of all,
help me to recognize and celebrate the talents of others.
Amen.

 

Prayer for others:

St. Anthony,
I believe that the Holy Spirit has gifted ______ with many talents.
Help him/her to discern what those talents are.
Guide ______ in the use of those talents
so that they might be used for the good of others.
Teach him/her patience,
especially if he/she finds himself/herself in situations in which those talents
are not recognized or are discounted.
Amen.

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