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ASCENDED MASTER INDEX

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Ascended Master St. Anthony of Padua


St. Anthony of Lisbon was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order. He was born and raised by a wealthy family in Lisbon, Portugal, and died in Padua, Italy. Noted by his contemporaries for his powerful preaching, expert knowledge of scripture, and undying love and devotion to the poor and the sick, he was one of the most quickly canonized saints in church history. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 16 January 1946. He is especially invoked and venerated all over the world as the patron saint for the recovery of lost items and is credited with many miracles involving lost people, lost things and even lost spiritual goods.

In 1224, Francis entrusted his friars' pursuits of studies to Anthony. Anthony had a book of psalms that contained notes and comments to help when teaching students and, in a time when a printing press was not yet invented, he greatly valued it. When a novice decided to leave the hermitage, he stole Anthony's valuable book. When Anthony discovered it was missing, he prayed it would be found or returned to him. The thief did return the book and in an extra step returned to the Order as well. The book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna today.

Anthony went to preach in Rimini, where the heretics treated him with contempt. So, instead he took himself to the shore-line and began to preach to the fish. A great crowd of fish eventually congregated. The citizens flocked to see this marvel, and Anthony chided them with the fact that irrational creatures were more receptive than the unfaithful of Rimini, at which point the people were humbled and listened to his sermons.

In Toulouse, Anthony was challenged by a heretic to prove the reality of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The heretic brought a half-starved mule and waited to see its reaction when shown fresh food on one hand, and the sacrament on the other. The mule ignored the food and bowed before the sacrament.

Once in Italy, Anthony was dining with heretics, when he realized the food put before him was poisoned. When he reproached them for their conduct, they admitted to attempting to poison him, and dared him to eat if he truly believed the words spoken in Mark 16:18, "...and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them." Anthony blessed the food, ate it, and suffered no harm, much to the amazement of his hosts.

Anthony became sick with ergotism in 1231, and went to the woodland retreat at Camposampiero with two other friars for a respite. There, he lived in a cell built for him under the branches of a walnut tree. Anthony died on the way back to Padua on 13 June 1231 at the Poor Clare monastery at Arcella (now part of Padua). He was only 35 years old when he died and was canonized less than one year afterward by Pope Gregory IX.

Accounts hold that when he died, the children cried in the streets spontaneously and that all the bells of the churches rang of their own accord. Later, his body was exhumed 30 years after his death. It was found mostly turned to dust except for his jaw, vocal cords, and tongue. The tongue in particular was claimed to have glistened and looked as if it were still alive and moist, and this was taken as a sign of his gift of preaching. Anthony is buried in a chapel within a large basilica built to honor him, where his tongue is displayed for veneration in a large reliquary along with his jaw and his vocal cords.

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