Why is St. Anthony Patron of Lost Items? The Miraculous Story Behind This Phenomenon

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Why is St. Anthony of Padua the patron saint of lost things?

The Church celebrates the memorial of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13.

In a recent video, Chaldean Catholic priest Fr. Simon Esshaki of San Diego, Calif. explains the miraculous reason behind why St. Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost items.

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“Every single time I’ve asked St. Anthony to pray that I find something I’ve lost, I’ve always found it,” Fr. Simon begins. “Many people ask him to pray when they lose something, so I want to tell you real quick one of the reasons that is.”

Here’s his video below:

Here’s the text of the story:

“When St. Anthony was in the monastery, one of the monks who was about to leave the monastery, stole a book that was very special to him. It was a Breviary or a Bible that he had so many notes in. It was very special to him.

“This monk stole it, and so St. Anthony prayed that the book would be returned to him. Through his prayers, the monk not only brought back the book, but the monk also had a conversion of heart. He repented from his act of stealing.

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“So that’s why we ask St. Anthony to pray for things that are lost. We should also ask him to pray for people who are lost. And so many people came back to the faith because of the teaching and the prayers of St. Anthony.

“So let’s ask him to pray for all those who are lost will return to the Lord. St. Anthony, pray for us!”

Here’s how so social media users responded:

@mary_daymia, Instagram

One user said, “Works every time. 🙏🏼❤️”

@earthlylynx, Instagram

Another user said, “So thankful to God to have St. Anthony as my patron saint. I know this story so well. St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us. 🙏🏼”

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Another user added, ““Tony, Tony, turn around. Something lost that must be found,” is what my mom taught us – Catholic prayer.”

@atia.shammas, Instagram

Another user also said, “I always wondered why we pray for St. Anthony when we lose [something]! Thank you for sharing, [Fr. Simon]. Now I know that I can also pray for people who lost their way. 🙏”

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St. Anthony of Padua, please pray for us! 🙏

[See also: When a Mule Adored the Eucharist: How St. Anthony of Padua Proved Christ’s Real Presence to a Heretic]

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