A detail of the book which the statue of St. Anthony holds in St. Michael's Cathedral.
Ever wonder why he’s frequently pictured with a book and associated with the return of lost or stolen objects? His prayerful intercession caused the return of a wayward novice (who had departed religious life as a thief, having stolen St. Anthony’s own Psalter!). The novice and the book, which is preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna, miraculously came back to St. Anthony.
St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us who remember you on your feast day.