June 13th is always a special date for my family: it is my oldest son’s birthday–and the feast day for St. Anthony of Padua! Primarily known as the Patron saint of lost items, Anthony was my mom’s go-to saint the many times she lost her keys, purse, or other important articles either at home or work.
What I just recently learned is that St. Anthony is actually a Doctor of Church. This day [and week] along with celebrating my son’s birthday I wish to discover the great wisdom of St. Anthony of Padua. Below are a few simple yet powerful quotes from the great Doctor of the Church to help you discover [or rediscover] your faith in the Good News of the Gospel!
“Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft”
“Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey.”
“The devil is afraid of us when we pray and make sacrifices. He is also afraid when we are humble and good. He is especially afraid when we love Jesus very much. He runs away when we make the Sign of the Cross.”
“The saints are like the stars. In his providence Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ.”