Oil Dedicated to St Anthony of Padua (Patron for Lost People)
St Anthony of Padua (Patron for Lost People) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Anthony of Padua, born Fernando Martins de Bulhões on August 15, 1195, in Lisbon, Portugal, was a renowned Franciscan preacher, teacher, and Doctor of the Church.
Anthony joined the Augustinian Canons Regular at a young age but later encountered the bodies of five Franciscan martyrs and felt inspired to join the Franciscan Order. After becoming a priest, he dedicated himself to prayer, study, and preaching the Gospel, earning a reputation for his eloquence and knowledge of Scripture.
Throughout his life, Anthony exhibited humility, simplicity, and a great devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. He wrote sermons and theological works that continue to inspire and educate to this day. Anthony’s sermons focused on love for God, the importance of moral living, and the Gospel’s relevance in daily life.
Saint Anthony died on June 13, 1231, in Padua, Italy, at the age of 35. His death prompted an outpouring of grief, and miracles were attributed to him even after his passing. Pope Gregory IX canonized him just one year later, recognizing his holiness and the countless lives he had touched.
Today, Saint Anthony of Padua venerated as the patron saint of lost items, the poor, travelers, and the elderly. He remembered for his powerful intercession, compassionate preaching, and unwavering faith. Saint Anthony’s life and teachings continue to inspire believers worldwide. Encouraging them to seek God’s love and mercy in their own lives.