The feast day of Bl. Anthony Grassi is celebrated on December 18. He was an Oratian priest and confessor.
Bl. Anthony Grassi was born in Ferma, Italy in 1592. His father died when he was only ten years old. From his father he received a devotion to Our Lady of Loreto. At the age of 17 he joined the Oratorian Fathers. Because of his impressive memory he was known as a “walking dictionary”.
Before he was ordained, Bl. Anthony suffered for a time from scruples, (fear of committing sin). However, while celebrating his first Mass this fear was lifted and replaced with serenity.
At the age of 29, while on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Loreto, he was struck by lightning and it was believed he would die. He was temporarily paralyzed. When he recovered after several days, he realized he had been cured of his acute indigestion. In thangsgiving for his new life he made a yearly pilgrimage to Our Lady of Loreto, which was only twenty miles from the Oratory.
As a priest, his spiritual father was St. Philip Neri. They both had the gift of healing, and Bl. Anthony was credited with many healings before and after his death. Father Anthony became known as a good confessor, hearing confessions for 5-6 hours daily. Father Antony exercised his priestly ministry in instructing the ignorant, comforting the weak, visiting the sick and imprisoned, helping the troubled and encouraging youth in the ways of holiness.
Bl. Anthony died in1671 Antony was beatified by Pope Leo XIII on 30th September, 1900.
“Where there is no love, put love and you will find love.”
Quote of St. John of the Cross; Feast Day November 14
December is the Month of the Divine Infancy