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Why Saint Anthony of Padua Was Amazing

Updated on November 18, 2015
Saint Anthony depicted holding Jesus.
Saint Anthony depicted holding Jesus. | Source

Miracle Worker

Saint Anthony was visiting Rimini, Italy, now a resort on the Adriatic. He went there to save souls, but met with great resistance.

Undeterred, he went to the mouth of a river and began preaching to the fish. A great number of fish poked their heads out of the water. They listened to his eloquent sermon. At one point, the fish opened their mouths as if to speak. They seemed to "bow" their heads.

The faithless people of Rimini heard of this event and hurried to the water's edge to witness it. Many converted as a result. One hardened heretic, according to one account, threw himself at the saint's feet and repented.

Saint Anthony of Padua, who died on June 13, 1231, is still known as a "miracle worker," a "wonder worker" and patron of lost articles.

His miracles, during his lifetime, were legendary.

Out of the Mouth of Babes

There was a jealous husband who accused his wife of adultery. He suspected his newborn son was the result of an affair. Saint Anthony took the baby into his arms and commanded, through the power of Jesus Christ, to speak the truth regarding his paternity. The infant looked at his father and clearly said something to the effect of, "This is my father," casting away all doubts about his mother's virtue.

Resurrected a Murdered Child

Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon and eventually found his way to Italy. But he still had relatives in Portugal. An unfortunate event happened to some of his family members. A young boy had been killed and buried in the yard of his relatives. They were falsely accused of murder and scheduled to be executed. Saint Anthony, miraculously appeared on the scene, even though he was, at the time, living in Padua, 1461 miles away. He commanded the corpse, through the power of Jesus, to speak the truth about the crime. Everyone then clearly knew the relatives of Saint Anthony were innocent. Saint Anthony performed yet another miracle by returning to Padua the very next morning, bending the natural laws of time and distance.

Mule Showed Reverence for the Blessed Sacrament

This is one of the saint's most famous miracles. One man challenged Saint Anthony. He said he'd believe God was truly present in the Consecrated host (Catholics truly believe the Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ) if he had proof. The man agreed not to feed his mule for three days. If, after that time, the animal preferred the Eucharist over food, it would convince him of the Real Presence of Christ in the Consecrated Host.

Saint Anthony agreed to expose the Eucharist. The starving animal was given the choice - food or being the presence of God. To everyone's amazement, the animal ignored the food put in front of him and moved toward the Eucharist. He folded his legs and lowered his head down to show reverence for Our Lord.

Loved for the Child Jesus

Saint Anthony was very close to God. We often see him depicted in his brown Franciscan robes, holding the Child Jesus in his arms. During his time on earth, Saint Anthony was witnessed holding and interacting with the infant Jesus.

His Tongue Remains

Although Saint Anthony's flesh turned to dust after his death on June 13, 1231, his tongue did not decay. This was the tongue that preached sermons that resulted in countless conversions. In fact, the tongue is still preserved and on display in the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, Italy. (In the Catholic Church there are numerous examples of incorrupt bodies of saints, such as Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, whose body appears nearly perfectly preserved, despite the fact she died in 1879. If you don't believe me, you can "Google" it to see a photo of her resting peacefully in her glass-encased tomb.)

Getting Rid of Demons

Saint Anthony also had an extraordinary ability to drive away demons. There is now a special prayer called the Saint Anthony Brief that's often prayed specifically for this purpose. Today, this saint has many titles, such as "Disperser of Devils." Another, more common title is "Hammer of Heretics."

He Still Helps Us

Saint Anthony is probably best known title is "Patron Saint of Lost Articles." There is a little jingle, "Saint Anthony, Saint Anthony come around, so this lost item can now be found."

This is because a brother monk was leaving the monastery and returning to the world. During his departure, he took an expensive book of Psalms. Saint Anthony prayed for the return of the book, and probably the monk as well. The wayward monk brought the book back after seeing a disturbing apparition of Saint Anthony. He also returned to religious life.

You can ask Saint Anthony for his help if you lose something. It does seem to work. (Catholics often the saints to pray for them, since they're now in Heaven with God, much as we ask our friends living here on earth to pray for us.)

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  • Cathy Fidelibus profile image

    Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

    I went to a Catholic school and heard many stories of Saint Anthony he is one of my favorites.

    I didn't know about St. Anthony's tongue being preserved or St. Bernadette's body either, I will definitely look that up.

    Very interesting!

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Hi Cathy,

    Thank you for reading. I wasn't aware of the many incorrupt bodies of saints either, until about nine years ago. This was something I didn't learn in Catholic school either.

    A husband and wife team named Bob and Penny Lord even documented many instances. They either wrote a book or made a video. If they made a video, it's probably available on You Tube.

    Thanks again!

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    Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

    I loved this! Now I finally understand the fish story! I'm not Catholic, but I have a fascination with the saints. I see you also wrote about St Therese. You're also a clear writer. Very much enjoyed! Voted up and interesting!


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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA


    Thank you for reading. I'm glad you liked the St. Anthony article. He's one of our more interesting saints.

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    GoldenThreadPress 4 years ago

    ologsinquito: Our family has a great history with St. Anthony. We were able to step inside his Portugal parish (before he left for Italy) and it was so beautiful. Thanks for covering such a great and loving saint! Voted up!--Deb

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Hi Deb,

    The church must have been lovely. Maybe I can make a virtual visit.

    Thank you for the kind words.

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    Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

    We always turn to St. Anthony when something is lost, but I had long forgotten his story. I enjoyed the read!

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    He really does help find lost items. Thanks for reading.

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    Susan 3 years ago from India

    I always pray to St. Anthony. Thanks for sharing this interesting share.

  • ologsinquito profile image

    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi Susan Recipes, thanks for reading. He seems to always come through when you ask his help.

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    Marie Flint 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

    I chose to read this hub because I had just finished watching an hour-plus movie of Saint Antonio (Anthony) on YouTube in Italian (no English subtitles). I don't even speak Italian or understand it!

    The movie wasn't as prolific about his miracles as your hub. I know he was from a well-to-do Portuguese family, but converted to Christianity when he observed Christian missionaries being persecuted in his hometown.

    An unusual event, though, was the depiction of Anthony whipping himself because he wanted to eliminate his inordinate desire for sexual relations when he saw his beloved. This happened a couple of times in the movie.

    I had almost thought about writing a hub about him, but I see thee are already several on Hub Pages.

    I pray to the "I AM Presence," which is my higher self when I lose something. "I AM Presence, clear the way. Let thy light and all thy power take possession here this hour . . . ." It works very well, and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Saint Anthony was answering the call.

    A lovely hub. The cathedral is beautiful, and I voted this one Beautiful. --Blessings!

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thanks Marie, God's blessings to you too.

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    Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    What an interesting and informative hub. I knew of course of St. Anthony being the patron saint of lost items, but I didn't realize all the other stories associated with him. I enjoyed reading this and learning more about this saint. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thanks so much suzette. He is definitely one of my favorite saints and still appears to be working miracles from Heaven.

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    Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    An interesting enlightenment on St. Anthony I enjoyed learning more here this is an informative hub with helpful facts.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thanks so much DDE. Saint Anthony is one of my favorite saints.

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    Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

    I am always awed when I read of those such as St. Anthony. You have shared so well why he is beloved among men and women.

    Angels are on the way to you ps

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Thank you so much for reading and for the kind words.

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    Shelley Watson 3 years ago

    I have prayed to St.Anthony often when I or someone else has lost something that means a lot. You have mentioned several things about him that I didn't know and I thank you for this.

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    David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

    I have never asked for St. Anthony's intercession. Thanks for giving me reasons to have a talk with him!

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    Anne Harrison 3 years ago from Australia

    A great article. I grew up praying to St Anthony many a time! One day I will make it to Padua. Voted up, thank you

  • ologsinquito profile image

    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Hi Anne, I want to get there too. Thanks for reading.

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    Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

    As a Catholic, he is one of the most comforting and amazing Saints!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

    Hi midget, thanks so much for reading.

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    Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

    Ologsinquito, this is very interesting and I had heard some but not all of this, it is very interesting.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I find the saints stories fascinating to read and so interesting but being a non-Catholic Christian I fear putting them as idols before God. Just thought I would be honest for I do fear God and never would want to make Him mad. I know years ago there were fighting and murdering over our differences but surely we all have a right to our belief and your belief does not offend me in the least accept to perhaps be concerned you have it wrong as maybe you would be for me? Yet reading your part about Anthony holding baby Jesus and the demons and well enough to really interest me into looking for more about him. For those who love God (and our savoir Jesus Christ) I could never be against. ^

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    ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

    Hi Jackie, I appreciate your honesty. I hope it doesn't seem as if we are putting once human saints before God, our Creator. We simply consider these people in Heaven as our friends, and as role models to emulate. There is a little bit of awe also, at what God could accomplish with saint who submitted to His holy will.

    Saint Anthony is one of my favorite saints, as you can probably guess.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Well; I do believe we will all be saints one day! Maybe soon the way things are going today. lol

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    savvydating 2 years ago

    What a lovely story. I was raised mostly Protestant, but Catholic, too. (I won't go into the story right now.) Anyway,as an aside, I've always loved St. Jude. I swear he's helped me to get a few jobs. For whatever reason, I always feel confident that I can count on him. And my son, who was raised Catholic, says he always prays to St.Anthony if he loses something. I didn't learn this until recently, so hearing about this was a pleasant surprise. Thank you for a little gem of an article. I truly enjoyed it.

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    ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

    Hi savvydating, thanks so much for reading about Saint Anthony. He is very helpful when you lose something.

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    Tanya Jones 2 years ago from Texas USA

    It's always fascinating to me to read about people who have been designated as saints by others. The relics that are imbued or said to be infused with the positive energies of those individuals are a wonderful source of inspiration to people. Great hub.

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    Scribenet 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Wonderful Hub. Nice to read something uplifting and positive. I am not Catholic, but I shall have to try some prayers for lost objects. I do believe there is great restorative power in prayer, alas , the world is sadly lacking in prayer because prayer is not viewed as proven scientifically to work. My answer to doubters is to look at the state of a prayerless world, largely depraved, insensitive and apathetic to anyone not of their own inclination and group. Prayer is a change of mind and a willingness to find solutions. Works for me.

    I did not know of St Anthony and the prayers for him. As well, I did not know St Bernadette's body is still intact. I love it since my childhood friend is a Bernadette. She originally told me about St. Bernadette. Makes me smile.

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    ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

    Hi Scribenet, thank you for your kind comments. Your answer to people who don't believe in the power of prayer is probably the best response I've ever heard. Even non-believers right now know there is something wrong with our present society. God bless you.

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    Scribenet 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thanks, ologsinquito. So true.

    God bless you. :)

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    Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Great hub on St. Anthony. I remember that St. Anthony prayer and have used it in the past. Voted up!

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    Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

    The stories of the saints are fascinating to read Reading about St. Anthony holding baby Jesus touched my heart. Thank you. Many blessings.

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    ologsinquito 22 months ago from USA

    Thank you so much for reading. God Bless you too.

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