Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13: St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua
by Raffaello Sanzio

History

Saint Anthony is one of the most loved saints in the Catholic Church. He started out in the Augustinian Order of priest, but he switched to the Franciscans after several Franciscans were martyred. He had a gift for teaching the Catholic Faith so that anybody could understand it. He was declared a saint by the Church less than one year after his death, which is really fast, and he was named a Doctor of the Church in 1946 because his teachings continue to have a positive influence on the Church. Lots of Catholics turn to Saint Anthony for help when they have lost something.

Activity

It’s important to remember that the saints in heaven are still part of the Church, and they are available to pray with us and for us when we need them. Using prayer cards (purchased at a Catholic bookstore) or a prayer downloaded from the Internet, learn a prayer to Saint Anthony today. Have you lost something recently? Ask Saint Anthony to pray for you to find it.

Saint Anthony, pray for us!


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