St Anthony of Padua (1195? – 1231)

**St Anthony is one of my favourite saints. He never fails to find things for me that I have lost, and he is also an excellent saint to pray to concerning the welfare of animals. Take some time to get to know him on his day, and you will see how special he is.

From: Universalis

Wednesday June 13

Saint Anthony was first of all an Augustinian monk, but he was so impressed by the martyrdom of five Franciscans who had been spreading the faith in Morocco that he became a Franciscan friar himself, so that he could preach the gospel in Africa too. Illness obliged him to leave Morocco, and a storm then drove his ship to Sicily, so that he found himself taking part in the General Chapter of the Franciscans in 1221, where he met Saint Francis of Assisi himself. His preaching career then took him to northern Italy and southern France, then a stronghold of the Albigensian heresy. Later he returned to Italy, to Padua, where he was an outstanding preacher and the first Franciscan theologian. His sermons are full of gentleness, but he reproved the wicked with fearless severity – especially backsliding clergy and the oppressors of the weak.

His shrine is a centre of pilgrimage, and he is also the patron saint of the lost and found.

See the article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.

Also: The Medieval Fish

And: Stories about Saint Anthony PLUS there is a tag for St Anthony on the sidebar here.

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