Anthony was born in Portugal about the end of the 12th century. He became a canon regular of Saint Augustine but after being ordained priest he joined the Friars Minor so that he might preach the Gospel among the people of Africa. But it was in France and Italy that he exercised the ministry of preaching with great profit and brought many heretics back to the faith. He became the first theologians of his Order and wrote a number of sermons which are renowned for their doctrine and their gentleness. He died at Padua in the year 1231.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You gave Saint Anthony of Padua to Your people as a preacher of great power and a patron in their needs. Grant that, with his help, we may follow the Christian way of life and feel Your aid in all our trials. We make our prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 13 June 2017
A Christian Pilgrim