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Who Was St. Anthony of Padua?

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Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), patron 
of the poor and a Doctor of the Church, is one of our most famous saints. He is most notable for interceding on behalf of those searching for lost things.

In the following video, Fr. Dan Cambra, MIC, shares a story of the first "lost thing" Anthony was most famous for finding:

By the way, this prayer to St. Anthony asks for help in finding missing items:

Saint Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (mention your petition) which has been lost. As least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss.

To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

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patricia - Jun 14, 2014

I have prayed to St. Anthony since I was a child having been told by my mom he would help me when something was lost. Now as a senior I am always loosing something and he has never failed me.

Many years ago I was lucky enough to be in Padua on his feast day and in the St. Anthony church there in Italy. What a wonderful feeling that was.

I thank him everyday for his help and he is my true friend.

Raffy Wenceslao II - Jun 14, 2014

Since I was a small boy of about 3 my two grand mothers would take me to "Then San Antonio de Padua" Church in the place where we lived. It was much later in my life; perhaps I was in my 40's already when I visited that same church not, not as a 3 year old child but as grown man. And I remember that it was during those times that I had lost my job (and I had always held a job since I was a young man of 20). There, in the church, I happened to have come to praying to him and I seemed to have felt this special feeling of friendship towards him when I was praying there. And I didn't know then that he was the Saint that people pray to when they lose something. So, aside from having prayed to the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ to please help me find a job, I also prayed to Saint Anthony.... Now as I write this, I would already be 64 on Aug 7, and I have the job of my dreams where I am indeed very very happy.

Joanne - Jun 13, 2014

I love my wedding ring of 18 years, and I was on Facebook; telling everyone how upset I was. A friend told me to pray to Saint Anthony and I did; within a second of praying to him to help me find it; I had a full blown vision of where it was. It was under our bed, under a red sock.

Fabian - Jun 13, 2014

Awesome! I love St. Anthony!