Saint Anthony of Padua
He was born in Lisbon Portugal in 1195 and died at 36 in Arcella Italy in 1231. Had you pass St Anthony of Padua on the street you might not have noticed him. If you had you would not have been impressed short swarthy and pudgy he was quiet and reserved hardly the life of the party. Had you heard him preach however you would have been mesmerized. Even the animals listened to him.
He was known as the miracle worker. Upon exhumation, some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupted, yet his tongue was totally incorrupt, (the flesh was found reduced to dust but the tongue uninjured, fresh, and of a lively red color), so perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it.
The zeal with which St. Anthony fought against heresy and the great and numerous conversations he made rendered him worthy of the glorious title of (Hammer of the Heretics). Though his preaching was always seasoned with the salt of discretion, nevertheless he spoke openly to all, to the rich as to the poor to the people as well as those in authority. So simple and resounding was his teaching of the Catholic Faith, so that the most unlettered and innocent might understand it, that he was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946.
He is commonly invoked for the recovery of lost things. He is known to have become the “quickest” saint in the history of the Catholic Church because he was canonized by Pope Gregory IX less than one year after his death on the 30th of May of 1232.
The Miracle Worker
The Resurrected Young man
In the city of Lisbon, while his famaily was still living, two families were enemies with them and hated them to death. A son of one of the families, a young boy, encountered the enemy of the family, who lived near blessed Anthony’s parents.This merciless man grabbed the boy, took him home and killed him. Then entered into the garden of the Saint’s parents, dug a ditch,and buried the body.Because the boy was the son of a well known family, there was an investigation into his disappearance, and it was determined that the young boy had travelled through the enemy’s part of town. St Anthony’s families home and garden were therefore searched and the boy was found, buried in the garden. For this reason, the king’s executioner arrested Anthony’s father and everyone else in the house, for the assassination of the boy.Blessed Anthony, even though he was in Padua, came to know this fact through divine inspiration. That night, having obtained permission, he left the convent. While he walked during the night, he was transported miraculously to the city of Lisbon. Upon entering the city in the morning, he went to the executioner, and began to plead with him to acquit these innocent people of the accusation and set them free. But, as the man had no intention of doing such a thing, blessed Anthony ordered that the assassinated boy be brought to him.
Once the body was placed before him, he ordered the boy to rise up and say whether his relatives had killed him. The boy awoke from death and affirmed that blessed Anthony’s relatives were not involved. As a result, they were exonerated and released from prison. Blessed Anthony stayed with them all day. Then, in the evening, he left Lisbon and the following morning he found himself in Padua (Bartolomeo da Pisa 4,19-32).
Reattached a Man’s foot
Prayer to St. Anthony, Patron of Lost Items
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