“Dear St. Anthony, please come around: something is lost, and it cannot be found.”
Losing or misplacing something can be quite frustrating. Especially when you lose an item or object that you urgently need. The good news is that St. Anthony of Padua is here to help.
The Portuguese and the Italian claim Saint Anthony as their own, and not without reason on both sides: born in Lisbon in 1195 under the name Fernando de Bulloes y Taveira de Azevedo, upon entering the Order of Friars Minor (that is, the Franciscan Order) he assumed the name Antonio, in homage to San Antonio Abad. In Padua, the city where he died and is buried, stands the Basilica dedicated to him, popularly known simply under the name of “il santo” –“the saint”– no further info needed.
Saint Anthony is widely known as the “Patron Saint of Lost Things.”It all goes back to a story from his life. A novice stole a book of Psalms he had. When St. Anthony prayed to God for it to be recovered, the novice returned it to him.