Sometimes patron saints get typecasted. They are the Patron Saint of one area and suddenly everyone forgets all the other great things they did. St Anthony of Padua is one of the most popular saints from the last few centuries, but usually people think he can do them a favor to find lost things. When you look At the life of St. Anthony, it seems unfortunate that this how people remember him.
His titles range from Hammer of Heretics to Priest and Doctor of the Church. Anthony was a Portuguese born missionary, and he was Dominican turned Franciscan. He is famously known for His preaching and teaching. I’ve always liked him, but I have grown even closer to him over the years since my wife and I got married on his feast day. I have also been developing my teaching skills much through his intercession. It only seemed fitting to give him a place of honor in our home.
On a side note, I’ve been very amused by the fact that I lost a third degree relic and medal of St. Anthony. Such irony to lose the patron of lost things. Still, I keep hope and pray it comes back around.
“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.”
“Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft.”
“If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them!”
– St. Anthony of Padua
If you don’t know much about the life of this amazing saint, miracle worker, and evangelist, I recommend you read more about him.