We all pray to St. Anthony for lost items. How many times have we said, “Dear St. Anthony, something is lost that must be found!”

St. Anthony is venerated all over the world as the Patron Saint of lost articles and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things, and even lost spiritual goods. But did you know St. Anthony was famous for preaching, especially to those who had lost their faith? He had hoped to become a missionary but his poor health prevented him from accomplishing this dream.

On one occasion, St. Anthony of Padua attempted to preach the true Gospel of the Catholic Church and got so fed up with the hard heartedness and heresis of the citizens of Rimini, Italy, He went to the town’s riverbanks and proceeded to preach to the fish instead! The townspeople finally thought they better go listen to what Anthony had to say only after they saw the multitudes of fishes he gathered!

St. Anthony was only 35 years old when he died. He was canonized less than one year after. Upon exhumation some 336 years after his death, his body was found to be corrupt, yet his tongue was totally spared. So perfect were the teachings that had been formed upon it!

Prayer: Almighty, eternal God, You have given your people St. Anthony as an outstanding preacher and intercessor in times of need. Grant that with his help, we may follow in the example of Christian living and experience Your support in all adversities. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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