There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, when he was 26 years old. The reason he became a Franciscan was because of the death of the five Franciscan protomartyrs — St. Bernard, St. Peter, St. Otho, St. Accursius, and St. Adjutus — who shed their blood for the Catholic Faith in the year 1220, in Morocco, in North Africa, and whose headless and mutilated bodies had been brought to St. Anthony’s monastery on their way back for burial. St. Anthony became a Franciscan in the hope of shedding his own blood and becoming a martyr. He lived only ten years after joining the Franciscan Order.

So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, so that the most unlettered and innocent might understand it, that he was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. Saint Anthony was only 36 years old when he died. He is called the “hammer of the Heretics” His great protection against their lies and deceits in the matter of Christian doctrine was to utter, simply and innocently, the Holy Name of Mary. When St. Anthony of Padua found he was preaching the true Gospel of the Catholic Church to heretics who would not listen to him, he then went out and preached it to the fishes. This was not, as liberals and naturalists are trying to say, for the instruction of the fishes, but rather for the glory of God, the delight of the angels, and the easing of his own heart. St. Anthony wanted to profess the Catholic Faith with his mind and his heart, at every moment.

He is typically depicted with a book and the Infant Child Jesus, to whom He miraculously appeared, and 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.  Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death.

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  3. St. Anthony of Padua Pray for Us. Praying for a peaceful mind and comfortable daily lifes… Thanks for the love blessings and continuous good stste of life and praying also for continuous good health.Thanks Lord Jesus and St. Anthony of Padua. WE LOVE YOU…

  4. St Anthony of PRAGUE MY FAVORITE SAINT, ANYTHING i LOSE i CALL ON HIM AND YOU CAN BE SURE TO FIND IT AGAIN. I called my first son Anthony, and two of my grandsons also… I have a beautiful picture of St Anthony holding the Infant Jesus which I think came from my grandmother to my mother and then to me, I keep St Anthony on my dinning table so I can always talk with him and our beautiful Infant Jesus – Thank you St Anthony for all the gifts and blessing my family and I have received through your intercession. -THANK YOU ST ANTHONY, PLEASE CONTINUE TO INTERCEDE FOR US AMEN

  5. St. Anthony I pray for my brother specially today as he passed away into eternity. May His Soul and the Souls in Purgatory rest in peace. Thank you for helping me find my lost key and security token, You never fail to help when I need most. St. Anthony please help my test results to be clear – have to do it on Thursday, my niece end of this month. I know anything You ask of the Lord will not be turned down. Please help my brother to get a good job and the healing of my niece Brinelle from her fall. Happy Birthday – St. Anthony!

  6. Dear Saint Anthony, my favorite Patron Saint, please pray for all of us who are suffering. May you intercede on behalf of all of us who carry a cross that we continue to be strong and patient until Jesus answers our prayers. Amen.

  7. Saint Anthony of Padua, you have been my Patron Saint for many years. I do not know what I would do without you at my side. Thank you for helping me always find my rosaries and constantly being an intercessor on my behalf with God. I could not carry my cross while still on earth. Please pray for all of those who are suffering.

    It is true that you are admired and loved by so many.

  8. You were my father’s patron saint, from the date of his Confirmation in the early 1940s, until the day he died in 2012. St. Anthony of Padua, pray for him to be released from Purgatory if he’s experiencing purification there. Let his father, his Sicilian grandparents, all members of his extended family unfamiliar to me, receive heavenly grace and compassion. Most especially to reunite him with the holy priest who anchored his unbending faith, Monsignor Fuerth, that they all might celebrate and intercede for those of us who are still thankful for their intrepid example. Amen.

    • Bless my dad, BAAM, on the 8th anniversary of his death, and deliver him into the arms of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
      Ecce Crucem Domini!
      Fugite partes adversae!
      Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
      Radix David! Alleluia!
      Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us. For Italy.
      Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us. For Rome.
      Blood of Christ Crucified, cleanse the Vatican.


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