Today June 13th is the feast day of St Anthony. He has great appeal for those whose lives feel uprooted and who are searching for new directions in life. He turned his life completely over to God and the Gospel call to leave everything and follow Christ. This was the rule of his life.
He was the first friar to teach theology to other friars. He had a profound knowledge of Scripture and Theology which he used to convert and reassure those who had been misled or gone astray. He has many admirers today. There is huge popular devotion to him as he is nominated as finder of lost objects. This came about through his own life, losing himself totally to the providence of God. The Lily flower is also closely associated with St Anthony. We ask his many blessings on us today.