June 11th, 2017
The Most Holy Trinity
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”
Saint Anthony of Padua When you lose something, who do you pray to? Yes, St. Anthony, patron saint of lost items.
What’s the prayer? “Tony, Tony, come around. Something’s lost and can’t be found.” Remember that! It really works.
So who was St. Anthony? He was born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, and became a priest at the Abbey of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, the then capital of Portugal. Eventually, he left and joined a small hermitage outside Coimbra dedicated to Saint Anthony of Egypt.
When he was admitted to this new Franciscan order, he changed his name to Anthony.
Anthony traveled to Morocco to spread God’s word, but he became ill and had to return to Portugal. Unfortunately, his ship was blown off course and he arrived in Sicily, making his way to Tuscany. Here’s where his story gets really interesting.
While recuperating, he ends up spending time with some Dominican friars, eventually learning how to present an exquisite homily at their joint services. News of this young orator reaches none other than Francis of Assisi, who becomes his best friend, convincing him to become a legitimate teacher.
Anthony had a book of psalms he gathered, and one day, the book was stolen! Anthony prayed for its return, and the thief brought it back. The book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna today.
Anthony’s Feast Day is June 13. He’s typically depicted carrying his book and the Infant Child Jesus. And now you know why he’s called the “finder of lost articles.”