Born as Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, St. Anthony grew up living a simple life. He was raised in a wealthy family and learned theology and Latin at the age of fifteen.
When Fernando was ordained as a priest, he joined the Franciscan Order and changed his name to Anthony. In his free time, he would always pray and read a book to enrich his knowledge of the Catholic Faith.
Anthony was famous for his clear and eloquent ways of teaching and spreading the Catholic faith. In his life as a Franciscan friar, he served as an adoring teacher to young priests and a persuasive preacher to everyone he meets. His simple and resounding ways of teaching the word of God made his messages easily understood even by the most unlettered and innocent.
Anthony’s skill in public speaking was a gift that has earned the admiration of many. This is also the reason why in 1946, Pope Pius XII declared him a Doctor of the Church.
Anthony died at a young age of 35 years old. He was canonized a year later by Pope Gregory IX. Some 336 years after his death, his body was exhumated. To the surprise of many, his tongue was found to be incorrupt—a great representation of his teachings that continue to live on even up to this day.
Today, June 13, marks the feast day of St. Anthony in the Catholic calendar. Let us commemorate his life and teachings with this short prayer.
Prayer to Saint Anthony of Padua
Holy Saint Anthony, gentle and powerful in your help, love for God and charity for his creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were always ready to request for those in Trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (state your request).
The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the Saint of Miracles, gentle and loving St. Anthony whose heart is ever full of human sympathy, take my petition to the Infant Savior for whom you have such a great love, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen
Prayer from catholic.org.