St ANTHONY is probably one of the most popular saints for intercessions being the patron of lost and stolen things.
However not many people know much about his story. He is one of a number of great saints that gave up a wealthy lifestyle to become a friar. He originally became an Augustinian but was so moved by the bodies of martyred Franciscans being returned from Morocco that he switched to become a Franciscan, hoping to travel to North Africa to preach to the Muslims. However he became so ill that he had to return home but his ship never made it, being blown off course to Sicily. He spent the rest of his life in Italy. The homilies he has left us contain some of the most beautiful and simple teachings that he has been appointed a Doctor of the Church.
Let us pray that we would love and trust God as much as St Anthony did, and in action share our lives with those most in need as we pray: Hail Mary…
Pray: Ask St Anthony to pray for you when you have lost something.