Luke happened to hear St. Anthony of Padua preach. Afterwards, he approached him asking if he could become a Franciscan. St. Anthony recommended him to St. Francis. St. Luke became St. Anthony’s assistant while preaching and traveled with him. During St. Anthony’s dying days, Bl. Luke was at his side. After St. Anthony’s death, Bl. Luke was elected to take his place.
When a violent regime took control of Padua, Bl. Luke was exiled. He soon returned secretly. While he and another Franciscan were praying at the tomb of St. Anthony, they heard a voice which reassured them that their prayers for Padua would soon be answered. It was not long before Padua was liberated.
St. Anthony’s body is enshrined at the Basilica which was finished under the supervision of Bl. Luke. Bl. Luke is the patron saint of students. He became known as a miracle worker. Bl. Luke died of natural causes in 1285.
It is not enough to remove the arrow from the body. We also have to heal the wound caused by the arrow. It is the same with the soul after we have received forgiveness for our sins; we have to heal the wound that remains through penance.
Quote of St. John Chrysostom; Feast day September 13
February is the Month of the Passion of the Lord