St Antony of Padua, who was born in the 12th century in Portugal, is known as the ‘Evangelical Doctor’ because he based all his teaching on Scripture. He originally joined the Augustinian Order, but later transferred to the Franciscans, having seen the bodies of the first Franciscan martyrs.

He said: ‘Do you want to have God always in your mind? Be just as he made you to be. Do not go seeking another “you”. Do not make yourself otherwise than he made you. Then you will always have God in mind’.

This may sound simpler than it sometimes can be – but it is possible, through the grace of God, to find our way back to the person created in the image and likeness of God, in all its purity. May God grant us this grace, and may He bless you this day.