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Saint Anthony

Freedom in Danger
Open letter to Michael Voris - Churchmilitant
Truth Seekers vs. Open-Minded Cowards
A Buenos Aires journalist describes Bergoglio
Religious syncretism
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
The Hell There Is
Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen on the False Prophet
10 Reasons to Reject Socialism
St. John Bosco ~ Quotes
Our Lady Of The Holy Rosary
The Holy Cloak Novena
End Time Deceptions
St. Francis Prophecy
Prayer for families
St Pio of Pietrelcina
Chaplet of Divine Mercy
The Angelus
Our Lady of La Salette
St. Francis de Sales
Our Lady of America
The Pains of Hell
Prayer to Mary, Queen of the Home
Guardian Angel
St. Therese of Lisieux
Saint Peter Damian
Novenas to the Archangels St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael
St. Robert Bellarmine
Saint Peter Claver
Prayers in Honor of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint Bridget
Saint Augustine
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Novena to Saint Clare of Assisi
Prayer to St. Dominic
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Joseph
A Powerful Novena to Saint Joseph
Novena to Saint Joseph
Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Mary
Pope John Paul II, Prayer for the Americas
Archbishop Fulton Sheen

"Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth."
 "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." ~ St. Anthony of Padua
Saint Anthony of Padua, Prayer  Worthy of God's Grace
Good Saint Anthony, in God's providence you have secured for His people many marvelous favors. You have been especially celebrated, good Saint Anthony, for your goodness to the poor and the hungry, for finding employment for those seeking it, for your special care of those who travel, and for keeping safe from harm all who must be away from home. You are widely known also, good Saint Anthony, for securing peace in the family, for your delicate mercy in finding lost things, for safe delivery of messages, and for your concern for women in childbirth. In honoring you, Saint Anthony, for the many graces our Lord grants through your favor, we trustfully and confidently ask your aid in our present need. Pray for us, good Saint Anthony, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
May it be a source of joy, O God, to your Church that we honor the memory of your Confessor and Doctor, Saint Anthony! May his spiritual help always make us strong, and by his assistance may we enjoy an eternal reward. This we ask through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen
Teacher of the Gospel, light of holy Church, lover of souls, good St. Anthony of Padua help us to have a true and solid devotion to you, and to imitate your life and work for God and souls. Grant us a greater love for Holy Scripture, the source of your wisdom. Be to us a teacher of the ways of God and of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Light our hearts with the flame of love, the fire of divine charity, that we may love our merciful Father in heaven; that the King of kings, as you said, may reign in our hearts and purify them of all evil; that we may love our neighbor as you commanded. May the example of your chastity, your spirit of prayer, make us faithful to the vows of our baptism, to the vows of marriage or of religious life.
Guide us so that we may live with you the Gospel of Christ and grow with you in Him. Pray that the spirit of the Gospel may reach all men of all nations, beginning with ourselves. Pray that the spirit of Christian love and unity may fill the people of God, and bring all His children together again as one flock with one Shepherd. Amen

St. Anthony of Padua

EWTN Audio Library:

Series Name: Saints And Other Powerful Men
Program Name: St. Anthony of Padua

Host: ob & Penny Lord

Produced: 8/27/1996

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Feast Day: June 13
1195, Lisbon, Portugal
13 June 1231, Padua
30 May 1232, Spoleto, Italy by Pope Gregory IX 
Major Shrine:
Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Padua, Italy
Patron of:
animals; barrenness; Brazil; elderly people; faith in the Blessed Sacrament; fishermen; Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land; harvests; horses; Lisbon; lost articles; lower animals; mail; mariners; American Indians; oppressed people; Padua, Italy; poor people; Portugal; pregnant women; sailors; seekers of lost articles; shipwrecks; starvation; sterility; swineherds; Tigua Indians; travel hostesses; travellers; watermen

Saint Anthony of Padua, Prayer  Purity Body, Mind, & Heart
Glorious Saint Anthony, I salute you as a good servant of Christ, and a special friend of God. You once were favored to hold the Christ Child in your arms as you cherished His world in your heart. Today I place all my cares, temptations, and anxieties in your hands. I resolve ever to honor you by imitating your example. Powerful patron, model of purity and victor over fleshly impulses, please win for me, and for all devoted to you, perfect purity of body, mind, and heart. I promise by my example and counsel to help others to the knowledge, love, and service of God. Amen.
Saint Anthony of Padua, Prayer  For Patience and Truth
Saint Anthony of Padua, you endured much discouragement in your life before finding your calling. Help us to find patience in our own lives, and to trust God to lead us where we need to go. You preached by example; help us show others through example the truth of our faith. Amen.

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints,
your love for God and Charity for His creatures made you worthy,
when on earth, to possess miraculous powers.
Miracles waited on your word,
which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety.
Encouraged by this thought,
I implore of you to obtain for me

[Mention your intention here...].

The answer to my prayer may require a miracle.
Even so, you are the saint of Miracles.

O gentle and loving St. Anthony,
whose heart was ever full of human sympathy,
whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus,
who loved to be folded in your arms,
and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.


Say 13 Our Father...
Say 13 Hail Mary...
Say 13 Glory Be...

The Responsory in honor of Saint Anthony....
If you ask for miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy and demons fly,
And health succeeds infirmities.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again
When young or old thine aid implore.
All dangers vanish at thy prayer,
And direst need doth quickly flee.
Let those who know thy power proclaim-
Let Paduans say- these are of thee.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again
When young or old thine aid implore.
To Father, Son, may glory be,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
The sea obeys and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore;
Whilst treasures lost are found again
When young or old thine aid implore.
V. Pray for us, blessed Anthony:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Let your Church, O God, be made joyful by the solemn commemoration of blessed Anthony, your confessor and doctor; that the Church may always be defended by your spiritual help and merit to possess eternal joys. Through Christ our Lord.
Wonder Worker
After you died, Saint Anthony, God chose to make your holiness known to the world and to draw people by working miracles in answer to prayers made in your name.
Since then, people have asked God to continue to honor you by working wonders through your intercession.
Those who have experienced the power of prayers offered in your name have told how God has answered them.
God has healed the sick, restored peace of mind, relieved poverty and granted favors of all kinds.
Now in this time of need, I ask you, Saint Anthony, to pray with me for the things I desire.
I pray that God may again give us a sign of loving care and providence and that, through you, God may draw us all to the fullness of life and love in eternity. Amen.
Prayer for Lost Objects
Saint Anthony, when you prayed your stolen book of prayers was given back to you.
Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear.
Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God.
Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death.
Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit.
Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love.
Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping.
Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ's comfort and peace. Amen.


Almighty, Ever-living God, You gave Your people the extraordinary preacher Saint Anthony and made him an intercessor in difficulties. By his aid grant that we may live a truly Christian life and experience Your help in all adversities. Amen.

Compassionate St. Anthony,
you are called the “Miracle Worker”
by those who have been blessed by your special friendship.
I ask you to look with favor on (name the person)
who is weak and failing.
Great St. Anthony, come to the assistance of (name).
Obtain for him/her health in mind and body,
and the strength to accept all suffering in union with Christ, our Savior.
Loving St. Anthony,
console all those who are afflicted,
and guide them to the heart of the Divine Physician,
where they will obtain compassion, mercy and hope.

St. Anthony, dear friend and heavenly guide,
be present to me now,
and let me know your compassion.
Pray to our dear Lord for me,
that I may experience calmness and peace in my emotions.
Help me to grow in faith and hope.
Protect me from all that displeases God,
and obtain for me serenity of mind and spirit.
I place all my confidence in you, St. Anthony,
and I pray for mercy,
grace and God’s gently goodness.


Dear St. Anthony, because you experienced
disappointments and sickness in your brief life here,
I salute you the more respectfully. 
Your own life assures me that you understand my need.
There is nothing so humiliating as sickness. 
It forces us to depend on others,
leaves undone our daily tasks,
upsets our self-assurance and composure,
and makes us feel useless.
Help me, then, good St. Anthony,
in sickness and trouble. 
Teach me, please, how to profit spiritually from my bodily ills. 
Intercede for me with God so that my health may improve. 
When recovered in body,
let me be also improved in spirit, too.
I ask this blessing for the honor of Christ, our Lord,
V. Pray for us Saint Anthony,
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Dear St. Anthony,
I am imprisoned by walls of selfishness, prejudice, suspicion.
I am enslaved by human respect
and the fear of other people's opinions of me.
St. Anthony, Liberator of Prisoners,
tear down my prison walls.
Break the chains that hold me captive.
Make me free with the freedom Christ has won for me.
To your powerful intercession
I also recommend these intentions.
(Mention your intentions here...)

Dear Saint Anthony,
I greet you gladly
and offer you the respect and homage of a sinner...
one who is aware how much God's grace
and your help are needed.
Everyone knows of your power as a thaumaturge or wonder-worker. 
You are called the saint of miracles.
You multiplied your favors
not only during your life
but over 775 years since you left this earth.
I have heard you had a very amiable disposition.
So I have faith in your help before God.
My disposition is terrible.
I am a bear before breakfast.
At other times I am often sour and sarcastic,
mean and critical.
So I embitter those around me,
even those who love me most.
Please aid me to improve my outlook and disposition.
Help me to greet others with a smile and a cheering word.
If I must cry, let my tears be all inside.
Because you were kind and loving,
always ready to assist those in need,
I know you will help me now
for the sake of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
V. Pray for us, St. Anthony,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Dear St. Anthony,
it is still as Peter said:
The devil prowls about lion-like,
looking for someone to devour.
I confess that I don't always resist him;
I sometimes toy with temptations.
St. Anthony, Disperser of Devils,
remind me of my duty to avoid all occasions of sin.
May I always pray in temptation
that I remain loyal to my Lord Jesus.
Pray for my other intentions please.
(Mention your other intentions here...)

Glorious St. Anthony,
my friend and special protector,
I come to you with full confidence in my present necessity.
In your overflowing generosity
you hear all those who turn to you.
Your influence before the throne of God is so effective
that the Lord readily grants great favours at your request.
Please listen to my humble petition
in spite of my unworthiness and sinfulness.
Consider only your great and constant love for Jesus and Mary,
and my desire for their glory and mercy.
I beg you to obtain for me, from God,
the grace I so greatly need...
(State your intention(s) here...)
if it be His Will and for the good of my soul.
I place this earnest petition
in the care of the little mission children,
so that they may present it to you
along with their innocent prayers.
Bless me, powerful St. Anthony,
in the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.


O Glorious St. Anthony,
you live now in unity with Jesus Christ,
the Divine Physician and the healer of all human ills.
I come to you today to ask for your powerful intercession
on behalf of my beloved spouse (mention name),
who seeks to be restored to good health.
The years we have shared,
and the love we have known,
is precious to me,
and my heart breaks in my helplessness.
But I believe that with the Lord all things are possible.
Compassionate Saint,
comfort me in my distress
and obtain blessings for my beloved spouse
so that (name) may be quickly and completely restored to health.


St. Anthony of Padua,
Glorious for your miracles
And for the condescension of Jesus,
in coming as a little child
to repose in your arms,
obtain for me from His bounty,
the grace which I ardently desire.
You who were so compassionate towards sinners,
regard not my unworthiness,
but the glory of God,
that it may be magnified by you
in connection with the particular request
which I now earnestly present to you.
(Mention your other intentions here...)
As a pledge of my gratitude,
I beg you to accept my promise
to live more faithfully in accordance with
the teachings of the Church,
and to be devoted to the service of the poor
whom you loved and still love so greatly.
Bless this my resolution,
that I may be faithful to it
even until death.
St. Anthony, consoler of all the afflicted,
Pray for me.
St. Anthony, whom the infant Jesus
so much loved and honoured,
Pray for me.

“ Actions speak louder than words;    let your words teach and your actions speak.    We are full of words but empty of action, and therefore are cursed by the Lord since    He Himself cursed the fig tree when    He found no fruit but only leaves. ”    St. Anthony

 St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world.

St. Anthony's Youth & Conversion

St. Anthony was born in the year 1195 A. D. at Lisbon (Portugal) where his father was a captain in the royal army. Already at the age of fifteen years, he had entered the Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine and devoted himself with great earnestness both to study and to the practice of piety in the Monastery at Coimbra (Portugal).

About that time some of the first members of the Order of Friars Minor, which St. Francis has founded in 1206 A. D. came to Coimbra. They begged from the Canons Regular a small and very poor place, from which by their evangelical poverty and simplicity they edified everyone in the region. Then in 1219 A. D. some of these friars, moved by divine inspiration, went as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of Morocco. There they were brutally martyred for the Faith. Some Christian merchants succeeded in recovering their remains; and so brought their relics in triumph back to Coimbra.

The relics of St. Bernard and companions, the first martyrs of the Franciscan Order, seized St. Anthony with an intense desire to suffer martyrdom in a like manner. So moved by their heroic example he repeatedly begged and petitioned his superiors to be given leave to join the Franciscan Order. In the quiet little Franciscan convent at Coimbra he received a friendly reception, and in the same year his earnest wish to be sent to the missions in Africa was fulfilled.

St. Anthony's Arrival in Italy

But God had decreed otherwise. And so, St. Anthony scarcely set foot on African soil when he was seized with a grievous illness. Even after recovering from it, he was so weak that, resigning himself to the will of God, he boarded a boat back to Portugal. Unexpectedly a storm came upon them and drove the ship to the east where it found refuge on coast of Sicily. St. Anthony was greeted and given shelter by the Franciscans of that island, and thus came to be sent to Assisi, where the general chapter of the Order was held in May, 1221 A. D..

Since he still looked weak and sickly, and gave no evidence of his scholarship, no one paid any attention to the stranger until Father Gratian, the Provincial of friars living in the region of Romagna (Italy), had compassion on him and sent him to the quiet little convent near Forli (also in Italy). There St. Anthony remained nine months as chaplain to the hermits, occupied in the lowliest duties of the kitchen and convent, and to his heart's content he practiced interior as well as exterior mortification.

St. Anthony, Preacher and Teacher

But the hidden jewel was soon to appear in all its brilliance. For the occasion of a ceremony of ordination some of the hermits along with St. Anthony were sent to the town of Forli. Before the ceremony was to begin, however, it was announced that the priest who was to give the sermon had fallen sick. The local superior, to avert the embarrassment of the moment, quickly asked the friars in attendance to volunteer. Each excused himself, saying that he was not prepared, until finally, St. Anthony was asked to give it. When he too, excused himself in a most humble manner, his superior ordered him by virtue of the vow of obedience to give the sermon. St. Anthony began to speak in a very reserved manner; but soon holy animation seized him, and he spoke with such eloquence, learning and unction that everybody was fairly amazed.

When St. Francis was informed of the event, he gave St. Anthony the mission to preach throughout Italy. At the request of the brethren, St. Anthony was later commissioned also to teach theology, "but in such a manner," St. Francis distinctly wrote, " that the spirit of prayer be not extinguished either in yourself or in the other brethren." St. Anthony himself placed greater value in the salvation of souls than on learning. For that reason he never ceased to exercise his office as preacher despite his work of teaching.

The number of those who came to hear him was sometimes so great that no church was large enough to accommodate and so he had to preach in the open air. Frequently St. Anthony wrought veritable miracles of conversion. Deadly enemies were reconciled. Thieves and usurers made restitution. Calumniators and detractors recanted and apologized. He was so energetic in defending the truths of the Catholic Faith that many heretics returned to the Church. This occasioned the epitaph given him by Pope Gregory IX "the ark of the covenant."

In all his labors he never forgot the admonition of his spiritual father, St. Francis, that the spirit of prayer must not be extinguished. If he spent the day in teaching and heard the confession of sinners till late in the evening, then many hours of the night were spent in intimate union with God.

Once a man, at whose home St. Anthony was spending the night, came upon the saint and found him holding in his arms the Child Jesus, unspeakably beautiful and surrounded with heavenly light. For this reason St. Anthony is often depicted holding the Child Jesus.

St. Anthony's Death

In 1227 A. D., St. Anthony was elected Minister Provincial of the friars living in northern Italy. Thus he resumed the work of preaching. Due to his taxing labors and his austere penance, he soon felt his strength so spent that he prepared himself for death. After receiving the last sacraments he kept looking upward with a smile on his countenance. When he was asked what he saw there, he answered: "I see my Lord." He breathed forth his soul on June 13, 1231 A. D., being only thirty six year old. Soon the children in the streets of the city of Padua were crying: "The saint is dead, Anthony is dead."

Pope Gregory IX enrolled him among the saints in the very next year. At Padua, a magnificent basilica was built in his honor, his holy relics were entombed there in 1263 A. D. From the time of his death up to the present day, countless miracles have occurred through St. Anthony's intercession, so that he is known as the Wonder-Worker. In 1946 A. D. St. Anthony was declared a Doctor of the Church.

(Taken from the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate)

Saint Anthony’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, fire of love, come rest over each of us, make
our tongue ready to confess our sins, that in revealing everything
and concealing nothing, we may attain heavenly life to sing
eternal praise with the angels. With your help, you who live
and reign through all ages. Amen.

Popular tradition maintains that Saint Anthony gave a prayer to a poor woman who sought help against evil temptations. Pope Sixtus V, a Franciscan, had the prayer carved at the base of the obelisk, which he erected in St. Peter's Square in Rome. Here is the original Latin:
Ecce Crucem Domini!
Fugite partes adversae!
Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
Radix David! Alleluia!

Here is the English translation:
Behold the Cross of the Lord!
Be gone all evil powers!
The Lion of the tribe of Judah,
The root of David has conquered! Alleluia!

This short prayer has all the flavour of a small exorcism. We too can use it - in Latin or in English - to help us overcome temptations


Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony

"Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints"
O Holy St. Anthony gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request).

O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms. The gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

Through the intercession of St. Anthony, the Saint of Miracles...

When I’m depressed, in despair, and feel like life can’t get any worse,
        Help me find hope.
When I feel alone and forsaken by everyone I know,
        Help me find love.
When I can’t see God anywhere in my life or the world,
        Help me find faith.
When I’m afraid of what the future holds,
        Help me find trust.
When I am weak,
        Help me find courage.
When I am sick,
        Help me find the balm of healing.
When I am overcome by grief,
        Help me find comfort.
When I am angry,
        Help me to find a way to let go.
When I’m in trouble and I don’t know what to do,
        Help me find God.
This we ask of you, through our Lord, Jesus Christ, who reigns forever
         and ever. Amen

St. Anthony's lily

St. Anthony's Bread


St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen


Sanctus Míchael Archángelus
Prínceps gloriosíssime caeléstis milítiae, sancte Míchael
Archángele, defénde nos in proelio advérsus príncipes et
potestátes, advérsus mundi rectóres tenebrárum harum,
contra spirituália nequítiae in caeléstibus.
Veni in auxílium hóminum, quos Deus ad imáginem
similitúdinis suae fecit, et a tyránnide diáboli emit prétio
Te custódem et patrónum sancta venerátur Ecclésia; tibi
trádidit Dóminus ánimas redemptórum in supérna
felicitáte locándas.
Deprecáre Deum pacis, ut cónterat Sátanam sub pédibus
nostris, ne ultra váleat captívos tenére hómines et Ecclésiae
Offer nostras preces in conspéctu Altíssimi, ut cito
antícipent nos misericórdiae Dómini, et apprehéndas
dracónem, serpéntem antíquum, qui est diábolus et
sátanas et ligátum mittas in abýssum, ut non sedúcat
ámplius gentes.