Daily Martyrology for June 13

In 1231, near Padua, St. Anthony, doctor of the church. He was born in Portugal and became a canon regular at Coïmbra, where he spent eight years in prayer and study. He joined the Franciscans and was sent to Morocco as a missionary. He became ill in Africa and went to Italy, where he met St. Francis and became a renowned preacher and teacher of theology. He died at the age of 36. It is thought that the tradition which makes him the patron for finding lost articles originates from an incident when a novice ran away with his psalter. Anthony’s prayer that it be returned was answered, when a heavenly vision commanded the novice to return the psalter.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.