Saint for the Day - June 13 - St. Antony of Padua
In 1221 St. Francis
held a general chapter at Assisi; when the others
dispersed, there lingered behind, unknown and
neglected, a poor Portuguese friar, resolved to ask
for and to refuse nothing. Nine months later, Fra
Antonio rose under obedience to preach to the
religious assembled at Forli, when, as the discourse
proceeded, "the Hammer of Heretics," "the Ark of the
Testament," "the eldest son of St. Francis," stood
revealed in all his sanctity, learning, and
eloquence before his rapt and astonished brethren.
Devoted from earliest youth to prayer and study
among the Canons Regular, Ferdinand de Bulloens, as
his name was in the world, had been stirred, by the
spirit and example of the first five Franciscan
martyrs, to put on their habit and preach the Faith
to the Moors in Africa.
Denied a martyr's palm, and enfeebled by sickness,
at the age of twenty-seven he was taking silent but
merciless revenge upon himself in the humblest
offices of his community. From this obscurity he was
now called forth, and for nine years France, Italy,
and Sicily heard his voice, saw his miracles, and
men's hearts turned to God. One night, when St.
Antony was staying with a friend in the city of
Padua, his host saw brilliant rays streaming under
the door of the Saint's room, and on looking through
the keyhole he beheld a little Child of marvellous
beauty standing upon a book which lay open upon the
table, and clinging with both arms round Antony's
With an ineffable sweetness he watched the tender
caresses of the Saint and his wondrous Visitor. At
last the Child vanished, and Fra Antonio, opening
the door, charged his friend, by the love of Him
Whom he had seen, to "tell the vision to no man" as
long as he was alive. Suddenly, in 1231, our Saint's
brief apostolate was closed, and the voices of
children were heard crying along the streets of
Padua, "Our father, St. Antony, is dead." The
following year, the church-bells of Lisbon rang
without ringers, while at Rome one of its sons was
inscribed among the Saints of God.
Saint for the Day - St. Antony of Padua
Read about the Saint for today - June 13 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Let us love to pray and labor
unseen, and cherish in the
secret of our hearts the graces
of God and the growth of our
immortal souls. Like St. Antony,
let us attend to this, and leave
the rest to God.
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