St Anthony of Padua is one of the most popular saints. His Feast day is June 13. He was canonized less than a year after his death and was declared a Doctor of the Church.
St. Anthony entered the Franciscan Order. St. Francis of Assisi himself sent him to preach and he became a very popular preacher. He was also taught theology but felt called more to preach.
St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost objects, the poor and of travelers.
I often pray to him to help me find something and am always amazed when I find it! The story goes that a novice borrowed his Psalter and failed to return it and left the monastery. St. Anthony prayed for it to be returned to him. The novice re-entered the monastery and returned the Psalter!
He is also often called the "Wonder Worker" because there were many stories of his miracles. Someone once came upon him and found him holding the baby Jesus, surrounded by a heavenly light.
St. Anthony is often pictured with the Baby Jesus and with lilies (for purity) and a Psalter.
Quotes from St. Anthony -
"The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ."
"Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth."
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