Tony, Tony, Come Around…

Today is the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, beloved saint here in Italy (where he is buried) and in Portugal (where he was from), not to mention in all parts of the world where there is or ever has been an Italian or Portuguese population.

Painting of St. Anthony by Bernardo Zenale, early 16th c.

Besides being the second-fastest canonization ever (he was canonized less than a year after his death), he was also named a Doctor of the Church. St. Anthony was renowned for his preaching.

Today, he is renowned also for helping people to find lost stuff.

Maybe you’ve prayed to him before, even using the popular little rhyme: “Tony, Tony, come around: something’s lost and must be found.”

It’s funny to me how the Lord allows certain saints to continue to work in such a visible way in the world, while others seemingly are very quiet. Either way, they are all in heaven, whether they help you find lost things or quietly intercede for you, and that is where we wish to be also.

St. Anthony, pray for us that we may not be lost; that we may die in God’s grace and be with Him and you and all the saints for ever in heaven. Amen.

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