St. Anthony of Padua

"Hardly did Saint Anthony’s body lie buried in the Church of the Friars Minor in Padua when the faithful began to flock to his tomb. The pilgrims came from everywhere to venerate the remains of the extraordinary man who had inspired the crowd by his words and his miracles.

In these few pages, we would like to bring to life this privileged soul in whom strength is united to tenderness; a heroic and charming soul who found in the silence of contemplative prayer the source of his extraordinary eloquence, while embracing the glory of voluntary mortifications."

—From the Introduction of St. Anthony of Padua by Fr Thomas de Saint-Laurent