Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão (1739-1822), Brazil’s first saint, Franciscan friar, founder of the order of Our Lady of the Conception of Divine Providence, and miracle worker. Many miracles and gifts of divine origin are attributed to Frei Galvao, among them bilocation, telepathy, premonition and levitation. He is widely known in Brazil for the aptly named “Friar Galvao Pills:” tiny papers with a prayer that can be swallowed. Nuns in the Monastery of the Light make thousands of these prayer aids and distribute them to the faithful for free. Many believe they have healing powers, and numerous miracles have been reported following their use.
"This man is so necessary to the Sisters of Light, is precious to all of this City and Towns of the Province of São Paulo, is a man and religiously wise counsel, all flock to ask him, a man of peace and charity."
"In Thy conception, Thou wast immaculate: the Mother of God, pray for us." He rolled the paper into pill form and gave it to a young man who was dying from renal failure. Immediately the pain ceased and he was cured. By the same method, a woman in labor was cured of her complications. Saint Antonio thereafter taught the sisters of his order to create this miraculous “pills.” Cures on record from his intercessions include curing of breast cancer, infertility, kidney problems, and childbirth complications.
“the tenderness of God." She said: "He was a priest, a Friar of delicacy, gentleness, and kindness, especially to the poor. He was the brother of prayer. He had a heart of compassion for the sick and all sinners, and conveyed a great peace at all times."
By all accounts, Saint Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão was 'quite normal' with the exception of his miracles. He lived a life of Franciscan simplicity, extending the testimony of Christ to everyone. He lived a life of holiness in the day-to-day as a man of prayer, preacher, confessor, a missionary popular, and also mason porter of the Franciscan convent in downtown Sao Paulo. As porter, he was cheerful and friendly and welcomed everyone.
"The Lord stood by me and gave me strength to proclaim the word fully," and then said that Antônio "fulfilled his religious consecration by dedicating himself with love and devotion to the afflicted, the suffering and the slaves of his era in Brazil." The pope continued, "His authentically Franciscan faith, evangelically lived and apostolically spent in serving his neighbor, will be an encouragement to imitate this ‘man of peace and charity.’"
Year 2: Day 298 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Simple lives of faith, witnessed by all.
Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?
Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."
To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."
As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."