Saint of the Day: Anthony of Padua
Portuguese, b. circa 1190/1195, d. 1231
Born to riches and a noble name, he chose the Order of Saint Francis and a life of poverty and service; canonized less than a year after his death; defender of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Doctor of the Church
Depicted holding the Christ child, his symbols also include the lily, the flame, bread, and a book
patron of lost items, the poor, travelers
Question of the Day: Do you think you can take your wealth with you through the narrow gate of death?
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.
- Read / listen profile on americancatholic.com
- Read bio at EWTN
- Read sermons of Saint Anthony; read about his sermons
- Read Saint Anthony of Padua by Isidore O’Brien (archive.org)
- Read Pope Saint John Paul II’s address commemorating the birth of Saint Anthony (1994)
- Read Pope Benedict XVI’s general audience on Saint Anthony (2010)
The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others. Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.
If things created are so full of loveliness, how resplendent with beauty must be the One who made them!
- Watch / listen Fr Anthony’s homily on Saint Anthony (feast day 2013; begins around 6:40)
- Watch Anthony Warrior of God (subtitles)
- Watch CCTNtv’s Discovering Our Saints video on Saint Anthony
Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul.
peace and all good