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St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Anthony was inspired to join the Franciscans by the first Franciscan martyrs. After being shipwrecked, he lived as a hermit for several years before becoming a great preacher and teacher of theology. He made thousands of converts and performed many miracles. He is one of the most beloved of saints of all time.

Reflections from the Saints

Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. We are full of words but empty of actions, and therefore are cursed by the Lord, since he himself cursed the fig tree when he found no fruit but only leaves. It is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions.
– St. Anthony of Padua
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2289

If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value. It rejects a neo-pagan notion that tends to promote the cult of the body, to sacrifice everything for it's sake, to idolize physical perfection and success at sports. By its selective preference of the strong over the weak, such a conception can lead to the perversion of human relationships.