June 13                                                                                              Patron of:
                                                                                                                       the Poor
ANTHONY'S parents were very rich and wanted him to be a great nobleman. But he wanted to be poor for the sake of Christ, so he became a Franciscan.
Anthony was a great preacher. He was sent out as a missionary and preached in many cities in Italy and France. He brought sinners back to God mostly by his good example.
One day, when Anthony was praying in his room, the Infant Jesus appeared to him, put His little arms around his neck, and kissed him.  This wonderful favor was given to him because he kept his soul free from even the smallest sin and because he loved Jesus very much.
When he became ill, he went to a monastery outside of Padula where he prepared for death.
Many miracles took place after his death on June 13, 1231. Even today he is called the "wonder-worker." He was only thirty-six old when he died. Thirty-two years after his death his remains brought to Padua. The flesh was all consumed except the tongue which was as fresh as it was while he was living.
Almighty, everliving God, You gave Your people the extraordinary preacher St. Anthony and made him an intercessor in difficulties. By his aid, grant that we may live truly Christian life and experience Your help in all adversities.

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