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Saint Anthony of Padua

ChristyScott Near the cathedral in Lisbon there was a handsome mansion, where a noble soldier lived who had fought very bravely for the liberty of his country. This was the father of the little …More
ChristyScott Near the cathedral in Lisbon there was a handsome mansion, where a noble soldier lived who had fought very bravely for the liberty of his country. This was the father of the little Ferdinand, afterwards called Anthony of Padua.
From a baby this child’s good mother tried to plant in his heart a great love to God, and her constant prayer was that he might become a priest. As soon as he was old enough, little Ferdinand was sent to school to the priests at the cathedral, and he grew very fond of prayer, often getting up in the night to be present when they said the Divine Office. Every one noticed the thoughtful face and modest behaviour of this boy, and his parents soon felt sure that God had called him to His own service; so at the age of fifteen he went to the canons of Saint Vincent, where he received the habit of a religious. But while he was there, Ferdinand saw his friends so often that he began to desire to be more separated from them, lest they should take any of …More