CERTAIN heretics of Rimini decided to end the meddlesome interference of Anthony in their sinful lives.
His sermons had turned the attention of the people to their sinful excesses and the only solution was to get rid of the friar.
Poison was the easiest way.
So they invited the Saint to dinner, planning to poison his food. But God revealed their plans to their intended victim.
Anthony still came to dine. Before he sat down at table he told his enemies of their plot.
But they only laughed at him, reminding Anthony of Christ’s promise to His disciples, “And if they drink of any poisonous drink, it shall not harm them.” If he would eat the poisonous food without harm, they would return to the Faith.
Anthony blessed the food and ate it without harm.
The heretics confessed their sins and made good their promise.