ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA
Born at Lisbon, Portugal, August 15, 1195. Died at Vercelli Italy, June 13, 1231.
Franciscan, finder of lost souls, finder of lost articles, mystic, Great Homilist,
Hammer of Heretics, Great Thaumaturgist, Professor of Miracles, Wonder Worker,
Doctor of the Church.
Nearly everywhere St. Anthony is asked to intercede with God for the return of things lost or stolen. Those who feel very familiar with Him may pray,” Tony, Tony, turn around. Something’s lost and must be found”.
St. Anthony has been pictured by artists in all kind of way. He is shown with a book in his hands, with a lily or torch. He has been painted preaching to fish, holding a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament in front of the mule.
But the most often we find the saint with the Child Jesus in His arms or even with the Child standing on a book the saint holds.
In Portugal, France and Spain, St. Anthony is the patron saint of sailors and fisherman. Not only those who travel the seas but also other travelers and vacationers pray that they may be kept safe because of St. Anthony’s intercession. Several stories and legends may account for associating the saint with travelers and sailors.
Among the many miracles St. Anthony wrought in the conversion of heretics, the three most noted recorded by His biographers are the following:
- The first of that of a mule, which kept fasting for three days, refused the oats placed before him, till he knelt down and adored the Blessed Sacrament, which St. Anthony held in His hands.
- The second most important miracle is that of the poisoned food offered Him by some Italian heretics, which He rendered in noxious by the sign of the cross.
- The third miracle worthy of mention is that of the famous sermon to the fishes on the bank of the river Brenta in the neighborhood of Padua
The fame of St. Anthony’s miracles has never diminished, and even at the present He is acknowledged as the greatest thaumaturgist of the times.
Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony:
“Holy Saint Anthony, gentle and powerful in your help, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ready to request for these in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request…). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so you are the Saint of miracles. Gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose hart is ever full of human sympathy, take my petition to the Infant Savior for whom you have such a great love, and the gratitude of my hart will ever be yours. Amen”.
The original icon by the hand of Janusz Charczuk, Egg tempera on wood, priming on textile, background 23 K gold leaf.