Argentine Bishop Fernando María Bargallo Embraces Lady Friend In The Sea While St Anthony Of Padua Preaches A Sermon To The Fishes In The Sea
St.Anthony preaching to the fishes, Padua, Mural Fresco
OF THE MIRACLE WHICH GOD PERFORMED WHEN ST ANTHONY BEING AT RIMINI,PREACHED TO HE FISHES OF THE SEA
Christ, the blessed one, was pleased to show forth the great sanctity of his most faithful servant St Anthony, and how men ought devoutly to listen to his preaching, be means of creatures without reason. On one occasion, amongst others, he made use of fish to reprove the folly of faithless heretics: even as we read in the Old Testament that in ancient times he reproved the ignorance of Balaam by the mouth of an ass. St Anthony being at one time at Rimini, where there were a great number of heretics, and wishing to lead them by the light of faith into the way of truth, preached to them for several days, and reasoned with them on the faith of Christ and on the Holy Scriptures. They not only resisted his words, but were hardened and obstinate, refusing to listen to him.
At last St Anthony, inspired by God, went down to the sea-shore, where the river runs into the sea, and having placed himself on a bank between the river and the sea, he began to speak to the fishes as if the Lord had sent him to preach to them, and said: "Listen to the word of God, O ye fishes of the sea and of the river, seeing that the faithless heretics refuse to do so."
No sooner had he spoken these words than suddenly so great a multitude of fishes, both small and great, approached the bank on which he stood, that never before had so many been seen in the sea or the river. All kept their heads out of the water, and seemed to be looking attentively on St Anthony's face; all were ranged in perfect order and most peacefully, the smaller ones in front near the bank, after them came those a little bigger, and last of all, were the water was deeper, the largest.
When they had placed themselves in this order, St Anthony began to preach to them most solemnly, saying: "My brothers the fishes, you are bound, as much as is in your power, to return thanks to your Creator, who has given you so noble an element for your dwelling; for you have at your choice both sweet water and salt; you have many places of refuge from the tempest; you have likewise a pure and transparent element for your nourishment. God, your bountiful and kind Creator, when he made you, ordered you to increase and multiply, and gave you his blessing. In the universal deluge, all other creatures perished; you alone did God preserve from all harm. He has given you fins to enable you to go where you will. To you was it granted, according to the commandment of God, to keep the prophet Jonas, and after three days to throw him safe and sound on dry land. You it was who gave the tribute-money to our Saviour Jesus Christ, when, through his poverty, he had not wherewith to pay. By a singular mystery you were the nourishment of the eternal King, Jesus Christ, before and after his resurrection. Because of all these things you are bound to praise and bless the Lord, who has given you blessings so many and so much greater than to other creatures."
At these words the fish began to open their mouths, and bow their heads, endeavouring as much as was in their power to express their reverence and show forth their praise. St Anthony, seeing the reverence of the fish towards their Creator, rejoiced greatly in spirit, and said with a loud voice: "Blessed be the eternal God; for the fishes of the sea honour him more than men without faith, and animals without reason listen to his word with greater attention than sinful heretics."
And whilst St Anthony was preaching, the number of fishes increased, and none of them left the place that he had chosen. And the people of the city hearing of the miracle, made haste to go and witness it. With them also came the heretics of whom we have spoken above, who, seeing so wonderful and manifest a miracle, were touched in their hearts; and threw themselves at the feet of St Anthony to hear his words. The saint then began to expound to them the Catholic faith. He preached so eloquently, that all those heretics were converted, and returned to the true faith of Christ; the faithful also were filled with joy, and greatly comforted, being strengthened in the faith. After this St Anthony sent away the fishes, with the blessing of God; and they all departed, rejoicing as they went, and the people returned to the city. But St Anthony remained at Rimini for several days, preaching and reaping much spiritual fruit in the souls of his hearers. "The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi," 1476
Enough of the Medieval; now place yourself in 2011, in the gulf of Mexico at a luxury beach resort with a modern day clergyman wading in the sea embracing a lady friend. Is the bishop giving a sermon to the lady friend? Maybe he is hearing her confession? I wonder what her penance will be? A few breast strokes in the sea? (the bishop got his breast strokes in!) The bishop should have been preaching to the little fishes in the sea rather than embracing a half naked woman. Are there not many, very many, obstinate heretics in his diocese that the bishop could preach to? And if the obstinate heretics of his diocese refused to listen him then this bishop could imitate St. Anthony and preach to the little fishes of the sea. No, this was not gonna happen the bishop had other plans. No time to save souls, only time to relax and have fun, enjoy life while you can in the arms of a blonde. Our Lady of La Salette said that because of this bishop's love of money, and his love of honor and pleasures, he has become a sewer of impurity.
St. Anthony would rather preach to the fishes in the sea than to preach to the obstinate heretics of his day, the little creatures of God listened to the words of St. Anthony.
Maybe the modern day sewer of impurity gave up; the sewer of impurity either does not have the same faith as a St Anthony (it is obvious) and the sewer of impurity knows that those around him do not have the faith, nor do they want it. So why should the bishop try anymore? Those in his diocese follow the example of the bishop. The diocese is a cesspool of impurity. If the Pope wants to save souls in that diocese, then the best thing is to remove the sewer of impurity.
The bishop claims that the blonde is a close family friend that he grew up with. The bishop also says that he has no worries here because he is completely devoted to God. I wonder what St. Anthony of Padua and St Francis would think of the actions of this clergyman?
Argentine Bishop Fernando María Bargallo
With Lady Friend