Saint Anthony of Padua was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. At the age of 15 he joined the Canon Regular of Saint Augstine
and remained a monk for ten years.
Filled with missionary ardo Saint Anthony entered the Franciscan Order in which he spent that last 11 years of his life.
He dies in Vercelli, Italy 13 June 1231, and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX within a year.
Saint Anthony is rightly celebrated as the Wonder-Worker of Padua, the city which guards his tomb, and by Catholics
the world over as Saint Anthony.
TO SAINT ANTHONY
"BLESSED BE GOD IN HIS
ANGELS AND HIS SAINTS"
O Holy Saint Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you
worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me. O gentle
and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant
Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
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