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Sant’Antonio di Padova

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The City of Saint Anthony

In Padua, he is called simply “Il Santo”—the Saint. Though born in Lisbon, St. Anthony, a Franciscan, carried out his ministry in Padua, where he died at the age of 36. It is said that Anthony had “a loud and clear voice, a winning countenance, wonderful memory, and profound learning, to which were added from on high the spirit of prophecy and an extraordinary gift of miracles.” No wonder, then, that his preaching was so powerful that heretics renounced their errors and fishes put their heads out of the water to listen. It is because of his great gift of preaching that the relic of Anthony’s tongue is given special veneration in Padua. There are many stories and legends associated with St. Anthony, whom we know best as the saint we invoke to help us find what is lost.

From a Sermon by Saint Anthony of Padua

The person who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different tongues. These different tongues are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience; we speak in those tongues when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others. Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.

Intentions for Today

PILGRIMS TO ROME: Let us ask St. Anthony to help us on this pilgrimage. May none of our luggage, music, or choir robes go missing... and more importantly, may we ‘find’ our way to Christ on this holy journey.

PILGRIMS AT HOME: We take a moment to pause by the statue of St. Anthony in the Cathedral’s north aisle, and we ask that with his prayers to help us, we may find Christ in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives: in all the people who come to us in need, in our families, in our parish community.

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