St Anthony of Padua.

posted by: Joan Vine | on: Saturday, 26 August 2017, 19:46

St Anthony

St Anthony

Saint Anthony of Padua, born Fernando Martins de Bulhoes (1195-13 June 1231), also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, and died in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most quickly canonized saints in church history.

Although his impact in the classroom and in the pulpit may have led to St Anthony's nickname as a saint with the 'Golden Tongu', the title became more significant after his death, when it was discovered that his actual tongue had remained incorrupt. He preached so eloquently that on one occasion, when a town of heretics obstinately refused to listen to him, Anthony preached to the fish in the nearby lake. Multitudes of fish lined up in rows popped their heads above water, as if to listen to the great speaker. When the local population saw this miraculous event, they decided to listen for themselves and were soon converted back to the faith.

On another occasion, a wife forbidden to go to hear Anthony speak, threw open the window to catch what words she could, Anthony's voice so inspired her husband that he repented.

Anthony is the patron saint of lost things, the one we go to when we lose something. On one occasion Anthony's prayer book went missing and he prayed to God that he would find it. Apparently, a novice had stolen the book and absconded, intending to leave the religious life and sell the book. As soon as Anthony prayed, however, the novice had a change of heart, repented of his sin and returned to the Friary with the book. Since then Christians have invoked St Anthony to find all manner of lost items, not to mention a missing person or two.

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