Sunday, October 31, 2010

St. Anthony, Finder of Lost Things

All my life, St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Padua, Portugal,  has helped me find things that I have lost.

A little rhyming prayer  used for decades is to name what is lost and ask for St. Anthony's help. For example, if something of mine turned up missing,  I'd say,

     "Tony, Tony, look around,
       My lost (object) must be found."

While it sounds like some kind of a superstition, from personal experience, I can tell you there is validity in it. Almost 100 percent of the time, after the prayer is said, the lost items inevitably are found. It almost never fails.

Just this weekend at my son's wedding, one of the guests lost his rental car keys. It would have been very problematic if the keys had to be replaced.  Quickly, several members of my family and myself appealed to St. Anthony for help. Shortly thereafter, the guest found the keys in one of his bags and the emergency ended. Thanks, St. Anthony!

Another time, on a very snowy, winter day, an acquaintance lost car keys. She was terribly distraught. I urged her to pray to St. Anthony for help. Within a half hour, she came running to me, very excited, with tears in her eyes.

    "I found my keys," she said. "They were  buried in a snowbank. Something just told me to look there."

In my heart, I believe the "something" was this great, Catholic saint.

I believe saints live as spirits in the other realm of life. They were once regular people, like you and me, who did extraordinary things in their lives on earth which relegated them to sainthood.

As for St. Anthony, he's been such a tremendous help in my life that I am immensely grateful to him.

The stained glass window depicting St. Anthony's image, shown at the top of this post, is located in a church in western Massachusetts.

A blessed Sunday to everyone!


Adrienne said...

My Mom always prayed to St. Anthony to help find stuff. I spend more time with St. Francis, who we call "Frank" around our house, just like you would with any good friend.

Beautiful window...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

St. Anthony, St. Anthony look around look around something been lost and can't be found. I have appealed to St. Anthony my whole life. My fathers name was Anthony so I hold a special place for .St. Anthony in my heart.

diane stetson said...

So so grateful to that saint ..many times in my life and my children's lives he has come through with flying colors...GO ST ANTHONY....

Bookie said...

Very interesting post, Susan. I had experiece with St. Anthony at little adobe church in New Mexico this fall. When so many things waffle these days, even in the Chruch, nice to know St. Anthony is a constant.

Donna said...

Loved this post, Susan - and I love that stained glass window! Yes, I am all too often reciting, "St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come around, somthing's lost and can't be found." And you're right - it works!... Donna

Chatty Crone said...

Well I have never heard of that - but I am going to remember it.

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