Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Anthony of Padua
Have you ever been advised to pray to St. Anthony to help you find something you lost? Have you ever tried this? I have and, without fail, St. Anthony always helps me locate the missing item. Most often I find it within a few minutes after praying for help. Sometimes it takes a little longer, but I honestly cannot think of a time when I asked for help and didn't find the lost article.
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Here are some facts about Saint Anthony of Padua - our “finder of lost articles.”

  • Saint Anthony was born Ferdinand de Bulhoes in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195.

  • Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church, was canonized less than one year after his death in 1231.

  • Originally he joined the Augustinian Order, but left to join the Franciscan Order in 1221, at age 26.

  • St. Bernard, St. Peter, St. Otho, St. Accursius and St. Adjutus , all who shed their blood for the Catholic Faith, inspired St. Anthony to join the Franciscans.

  • He only lived ten years after joining the Franciscans.

  • Saint Anthony was plagued with edema, also called dropsy, and died en route to Padua in 1231 at age 36.

  • Pope Pius XII declared Saint Anthony a Doctor of the Church in 1946.

  • Saint Anthony was an extraordinary preacher and teacher, and has been called the “Hammer of the Heretics” and “Living Ark of the Covenant.”

  • Saint Anthony is the Patron Saint of the poor and oppressed.

  • He is often depicted in art with the Infant Jesus, to whom he miraculously appeared.

  • Around 336 years after his death his body was exhumed and found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt – perfect, just as his teachings were.

  • Saint Anthony’s feast day is June 13.

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