St. Anthony is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus or a lily or a book or all three in his arms.Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony. St Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome.
St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.