St. Anthony of Padua
It’s time to celebrate!
June 13th is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua!
Here are a few things to know about today’s saint! St. Anthony of Padua was…
- a Portuguese Catholic priest and Franciscan friar.
- a skilled preacher, known for his eloquent homilies.
- an excellent debater who had the courage to defend God and the Scriptures against heretics and non-believers.
- known for helping people find their faith through his effective teaching. He is the patron saint of lost things and people!
- declared a Doctor of the Church in 1946.
St. Anthony spent his life trying to live like Christ. From his eagerness to prayerfully understand Scripture, his dedication to the poor, his desire to spread the love of God to everyone (even those who didn’t want to listen!), and his efforts to spend each day becoming more like Jesus through doing good… this saint is a wonderful example for the Church. Ask your saints in training: How can we imitate St. Anthony this month?
Don’t forget to display your Feast Day Art print from last year’s crate. Read the back of your print to learn more about St. Anthony of Padua.
Here are a few more easy ways we can all celebrate with St. Anthony of Padua.
- Pray the chaplet of St. Anthony of Padua and meditate on the 13 virtues of a saint. Here is an online resource explaining how!
- Share a slice of “St. Anthony’s Bread” with someone in need. St. Anthony often expressed his love for the poor by feeding the hungry. It is a tradition for Franciscans to distribute loaves of bread to the hungry on the Feast of St. Anthony. Before you get in your car today, grab some extra easy-to-share food and bless someone in need in your community.
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