Miracles of St Anthony

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Miracle (During Lifetime)

One miracle that is attributed to Saint Anthony during his lifetime was described as follows:

A certain inhabitant of Padua, called Peter, had a daughter whose name was Padovana. Although she was four years old, she was absolutely incapable of using her feet and moved like a reptile, crawling with the help of her hands. Furthermore, it was said that, since she suffered from epilepsy, she would often fall and roll around. When Saint Anthony was still alive, her father, as he carried her in his arms while walking through the city one day, met the saint and began to beg him to make the sign of the cross over his daughter. The saintly father, admiring the man’s faith, blessed her and sent her away. When the girl’s father returned home, he made his daughter stand up on her feet. Supported by a footstool, she immediately began to walk about. Then, having taken away the footstool, her father gave her a cane. Indeed, walking about in the house, the girl always improved. At last, through the merits of most blessed Anthony, she healed completely and did not need any prop whatsoever. And, from that moment when she was blessed, she no longer suffered any illness or even the least falling sickness.

Miracles (After Death)

The following miracles are just a few of the many that occurred after Saint Anthony’s death, and were read, along with the one above, before Pope Gregory IX:

Prosdocima of Noventa, the widow of Mainerio, had a left hand and both feet that were contracted. She was carried to blessed Anthony’s sepulchre in a wooden tub. When she was raised above the ark, her feet were immediately straightened out and restored to their original use through the merits of blessed Anthony. Her hand, to be sure, opened a little, trembling at first, and then stretched out so that, while everyone looked on, she closed and opened it. Taken down from the ark, she at once jumped to her feet and, having regained the health she desired, she departed full of joy.

In the city of Padua, there was a certain boy, called John, whose chin for four years adhered to his chest so much that he could not raise his head in any way but walked about stooped forward, with his head at an angle. One day, when his mother brought him to blessed Anthony’s tomb, there and then, the boy himself raised his head and, cured, went back with his mother. But a cavity appeared in his chest, in the very spot where his chin had stuck.

A certain woman, whose name was Bilia, for three years suffering tremors in her whole body, came shakingly, straitened as she was, to the ark of the saintly father Anthony. While she persisted in prayer before the sepulchre, the tremor became stronger and she felt her temperature rise greatly. Men and women cried, moved to compassion by her trembling and perspiration. But, when she was taken outside the door of the church so that she might breathe a little, her temperature came down, and having been cured, she left the place.

A certain German woman, whose name was Caroline, was brought to the sepulchre of the most saintly father because for seven years she had been deprived of sight in both eyes. When she stayed there for a short time in prayer, she regained her sight through heavenly aid and happily returned home, praising God.

When a certain man, whose name was Guidotto, was once suffering from a serious illness, his kidneys were impaired and he developed a hump. He couldn’t walk without the support of crutches and his head would droop almost to the ground. When his mother had him led to blessed Anthony’s sepulchre so that he might regain his health, he suddenly began to feel such great pains throughout his whole body that he perspired violently because of his anguish. As the pain subsided, the man could distend his kidneys and immediately, through the saint’s merits, the hump disappeared.

In the book, “Life of St. Anthony: Assidua,” by A Contemporary Franciscan, the author lists fifty-three miracles that were read before Pope Gregory IX. It seems unbelievable that there could have been fifty-three miracles, but according to the author, who was also a franciscan friar and personally knew Saint Anthony, there were many more. The following is the author’s “Conclusion To The Book Of Miracles:”

Indeed, the Lord of majesty deigned to work through his servant Anthony many other signs which are not written in this book. Here we have gathered a few from among many, choosing from the better known those that are most certain, in order to give an opportunity to others, who may wish to do so, to add to these praises. And, not assenting to what is uncertain, while we intend to praise the saint, may we guard our tongues from the vice of lying. Truly, if his miraculous signs, some of which are great, and his marvels, which are extraordinary, were described one by one, I am afraid that just as their number might cause discomfort to the reader so also the unusual greatness of the works might give rise to the danger of disbelief in the minds of the weak.

From “Life of St. Anthony: Assidua” by A Contemporary Franciscan
Copyright © 1984 Prov. Pad. F.M.C. Editrice GraficheMessaggero di S. Antonio.

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