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St. Anthony of Padua


St Anthony was born in Portugal in 1195. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, when he was 26 years old. He became a Franciscan after the bodies of St. Bernard, St. Peter, St. Otho, St. Accursius, and St. Adjutus were brought to his monastery before burial. They were killed for their Catholic faith in 1220 and St. Anthony had hopes of shedding his own blood and becoming a martyr. He died just 10 years after becoming a Franciscan at the age of 36.


St. Anthony was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. He is called the "Hammer of the Heretics". When he felt he was preaching the true Gospel of the Catholic Church to heretics who would not listen to him, he went out and preached it to the fishes. This was not for the instruction of the fish, but rather for the glory of God.


He is typically depicted with a book and the Infant Child Jesus. St. Anthony is commonly referred to today as the "finder of lost articles". Upon exhumation, some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt, so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it.


We celebrate the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13th. Have you lost something? Pray to St. Anthony for help!


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