紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, St. Anthony (1195-1231) was a Franciscan known for his profound knowledge of theology and rhetorical skills. His preachings carried him from the north of Africa to Italy and France. He is called the “Evangelical Doctor” because he based all that he said on the texts of the Gospels. He died in Padua.
Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.
In 1888, a woman named Louise Bouffier, who managed a small bakery in the seaside village of Toulon, France, found she could not open the door with her key. While the locksmith went to get his tools, Louise prayed to St Anthony that she would give some of her bakery’s bread to the poor if the door could be opened without force. She tried the lock again and was easily able to let her in. True to her word, Louise gave her bread to the poor of Toulon free of charge.
St. Anthony is invoked as the patron saint of lost things. This attribution comes from an incident where a novice carried off a valuable psalter St. Anthony was using. St. Anthony prayed very hard that the psalter would be found. After seeing an alarming apparition of St. Anthony, the novice returned the psalter.
Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Anthony of Padua to your people as an outstanding preacher and an intercessor in their need, grant that, with his assistance, as we follow the teachings of the Christian life, we may know your help in every trial. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
English text: Daily Roman Missal, 2011