This Cast Stone St. Anthony Statue will be a lovely and tender addition to any garden. Handcrafted in the USA in cast stone, this weather-resistant statue is made with integrated coloring and is sealed for outdoor use.
Saint Anthony of Padua was born Fernando Martins de Bulhoes to a wealthy family of Lisbon, Portugal in 1195. Shortly after his ordination to the priesthood, Anthony joined the Franciscan order and became a favorite of the order's founder, St. Francis of Assisi. Legend has it that a novice leaving the order took Anthony's treasured Book of Psalms that was filled with personal notes that he used in teaching. St. Anthony prayed for the book's return, and the thief was so moved that he not only returned the book but also rejoined the order.
As in this cast stone statue, St. Anthony is often portrayed holding the infant Jesus in his arms. This representation became popular in the 17th century and is believed to commemorate a vision St. Anthony had before his death.
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