St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) is one of the most popular saints of Christendom, renowned for his miracles and his concern for the poor. It is less well known that he was the first great theologian and teacher of the early Franciscan Order. Commissioned by Francis himself to teach theology to the friars, he fulfilled this task by composing his Opus Evangeliorum, a set of Commentaries on the Sunday Gospels.
This fourth and final volume contains the Saint’s unfinished work on the Festivals of the Church. He began it in the Autumn of 1230 at the request of Cardinal Rinaldo, later Pope Alexander IV. It was interrupted by the great Lenten Mission to Padua in the spring of 1231, and finally interrupted again when Anthony died on June 13. Starting with Christmas, it continues as far as the Apostles Peter and Paul.