Anthony of Padua was originally an Augustinian Friar and eventually entered the Franciscan Order because he was inspired by the deaths of the Franciscans St. Berard and his companions. Baptized Ferdinand, he however eventually took the name Anthony. Although he was a humble friar assigned to house chores in Padua Italy, he was actually a very intelligent friar that Pope Pius XII proclaimed him the “Evangelical Doctor,” or Doctor of Sacred Scripture because of his brilliance in teaching the scriptures. He died June 13, 1231. Pope Gregory IX proclaimed him saint one year after his death.

Saint Anthony, we pray that you can teach us how to use our gifts without expecting any praise or recognition in return.