|St. Anthony of Padua|
An interesting choice! He's a popular saint and yet I realized I didn't know him all that well. Of course, I knew him as the saint for "lost things," but otherwise I was surprised at the things listed under his patronage:
Patronage: Against Infertility; American Indians; Amputees; Animals; Elderly People; Faith in the Blessed Sacrament; Lost Articles; Mariners; Oppressed People; Pregnant Women; Travellers.
I did a Cursillo retreat in 2009 and my table was the Sts. Anthony and Jude table (we were lost and hopeless souls!). I've been interested in St. Jude since, but didn't think much about St. Anthony. I guess it is time I did!
So I will be spending 2012 praying with St. Anthony, getting to know him better, and asking for his intercession when I have prayer intentions.
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