About St. Anthony

 

                                                                            ABOUT ST. ANTHONY (In Brief)

 

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St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus – or a lily – or a book – or all three – in his arms. Many people give arms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessing s received through the prayers of St. Anthony.

     St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be a concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God. St Anthony is loved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome. Anthony was born in 1195 ( 13 years after St. Francis ) in Lisbon, Portugal and given the name of Fernando at Baptism. His parents, Martin and Mary Bulhom, apparently belonged to one of the prominent families of the city.   

Miracles and Traditions of St. Anthony

 

The reason for invoking St. Anthony’s help in finding lost or stolen things is traced back to an incident in his own life. As the story goes, Anthony had a book of psalms that was very important to him. Besides the value of any book before the invention of printing, the psalter had the notes and comments he had made to use in teaching students in his Franciscan Order. A novice who had already grown tired of living religious life decided to depart the community. He also took Anthony’s psalter! Upon realising his psalter was missing, Anthony prayed it would be found or returned to him. And after his prayer the thieving novice was moved to return the psalter to Anthony and to return to the Order.

 

St. Anthony Teacher, Preacher Doctor of the Scriptures died in 1231 and was canonised in 1232.                                                                                     

  

 

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