St. Anthony of Padua and His Tongue of Fire


St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come 'round,
Something's lost and must be found.

Many people say that prayer today whenever something's misplaced or gone astray (and St. Anthony will answer it!). And yet St. Anthony's greatest miracles have to do with finding lost souls, rather than lost objects. He was a great preacher and teacher of the faith in his own day, drawing large numbers of converts and penitents by his eloquence, his deep knowledge and love of the faith, and the mighty grace of God, which he allowed to work so strongly in his own life.

Indeed, when his tomb was opened 30 years after his death, the only part of his body left was his tongue, perfectly preserved and lifelike. Saint Bonaventure said that this miracle showed the high regard God had for the tongue of St. Anthony, through which the Gospel was preached and touched so many hearts so powerfully.

Here was a man whose whole life was animated by the fire of the Holy Spirit, full of the love of God and neighbor. Here's a model for us all who seek to live with hearts afire and spread that fire to all our family, friends, and neighbors.

Pray to St. Anthony that he will find the lost sheep, those we know and love who've lost their way. Ask him to bring them back to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Ask him to pray for us, so that we may never be a reason for others to lose their way, but rather that we may always be truly holy with hearts full of the Holy Spirit and minds alight with the Word of God.

Father Dan Cambra, MIC, discusses St. Anthony of Padua here.


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