During the homily at morning Mass at St. John the Evangelist, the priest there spoke of the saint for today—St. Anthony. He noted that although St. Anthony is known as the finder of lost things, there is so much more to the life of this man.
The priest retold how St. Anthony found himself at various points in his life thinking he was going to do one thing, only to be turned around and placed in another direction by God. In one instance, even, his boat was redirected and he landed in Italy instead of his intended destination. The priest said that in all instances, St. Anthony listened to the “still, small voice” of God. I thought about what the life of St. Anthony could teach me about my own life.
Sometimes, in my life, I have found that my direction had changed from where I thought I was going as well. The priest this morning said that what we can learn from St. Anthony is to let go of those things that are not that important so that we can find the things that truly matter in our life. When I heard that, it felt as if God had spoken directly to me and punched me in my heart as if to wake me up.
At this moment, my family house—the house where I lived for most of my life, and the house where my father had died—has been sold.
What once was a permanent fixture in my life is no more. But St. Anthony teaches us through his life that it is not where we find ourselves that is important; it’s what we do wherever we are. He shows us that one thing always remains constant—God. No matter where we are, we can bring the faith “home” by living it out in our lives.
Have you ever found yourself having to let go of a person, place or thing that you never thought you’d have to? Please share as it might help others who are going through a similar situation.