St. Anthony strikes again!

I have so many stories of how St. Anthony has found lost objects for me.  Back in 1980, a friend of our family, Cardinal Ciappi lost his ring when we were traveling with him through Italy  I asked and St. Anthony responded, and I could tell you so many more.

Well, my faithful companion Mickey, whom many of you know, has had a pretty large Miraculous Medal hanging from his collar since he was a puppy.  I found the medal when I at the beach when I was a little boy.  Last Thursday, as Maria was cleaning the rectory she told me that Mickey’s medal was gone.  I could not believe it.  The ring that held the medal was still securely on his collar.  Maria reminded me that a few weeks earlier, she saw him chewing something shiny, and when she tried to take it from him, he swallowed it.  I was pretty upset when the medal went missing.  I know it may sound foolish, but I placed Mickey under Our Lady’s care from the time I got him.  I place everything under Our Lady’s care.  You know, “Totus, thus.”  Everything I have is hers.  As soon as I found out the medal was missing, I began to ask St. Anthony to find it.  It seemed that he was deaf to me for a while, so last night, I said a simple prayer, as I usually do with St. Anthony: “Tony, do your thing!”  This morning, as I was answering eMail, the parish maintenance man called me from downstairs.  He handed me the medal and asked if it was mine.  Jim was giving the lawn behind the rectory it’s first cut, when he saw something shiny in the grass.  I guess Mickey did swallow the medal, but St. Anthony came through again, as did the medal!

If your not as bold as me in my simple prayer to St. Anthony, here is the novena we pray before Mass every Tuesday morning in my parish.

glorious St. Anthony, safe refuge of the afflicted and distressed. Who by miraculous revelation has directed all those who seek aid to come to Thy altar with the promise that whosoever visits it for nine consecutive Tuesdays, and there piously invokes Thee, will feel the power of Thy intercession. I, a poor sinner, encouraged by this promise, come to Thee, O powerful Saint, and with a firm hope I implore Thy aid, Thy protection, Thy counsel and Thy blessing. Obtain for me, I beseech Thee, my request in this necessity. But if it should be opposed to the will of God and the welfare of my soul, obtain for me such other graces as shall be conducive of my salvation. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

14 thoughts on “St. Anthony strikes again!

  1. Oh I love that Fr. St. Anthony has always been there for me as well. Also, St.Terese` They Never, Never fail us if we have the faith.

  2. My mother always told us when we were kids to turn to St. Anthony for lost things and St. Jude for “hopeless” cases (the big guns). To this day, I can’t remember a time when I was ever let down by either of them. Especially St. Jude….what a faithful friend. Jeannie V.

  3. I love this post and laughed alittle when I read it! I’ve also
    Been known to call upon him in the same way! “come on st Anthony, do your thing here” he’s never let me down! Even my husband who doesn’t share my faith now asks me to ask st Anthony for him when he loses something! I have a feeling this saint will help my husband find his faith! Thankyou Father Jay and God bless you.

    • I have a prayer to St Anthony which asks him not to find “things” like objects, but things like faith,health, etc. Unfortunately I’ve lost it for the moment!! When St Anthony returns it I will try to reprint it for you. But yes, ask St Anthony to find lost faith for your husband!

  4. Just to let everyone know, St. Anthony is a modern computer-literate guy. Several times I have lost folders or documents on our gigantic corporate maze of several drives and dozens of layers of folders and sub-folders. Soon after I ask St. Anthony to intercede, the missing spreadsheet or Word document appears. He’s our heavenly “Find” command!

  5. Does he reunite friends who have been estranged? If so, are there any effective prayers for this?

    • God will reunite friends who have been estranged. Pray from the heart, fast, offer penance, forgive and ask forgiveness. Don’t tell the person “I forgive you”, that might make them want to fight. Just say, “Lets be friends and let the past be the past.”

      • Thanks, Father, but I have done that many times. I feel all I can do is pray, pray, pray. I take it you don’t know of any effective St. Anthony prayers for that situation. Never mind, I shall just keep praying anyway.

  6. Father, Mike and I both learned the same little St. Anthony prayer from our Mothers. “Tony, Tony look around. Something’s lost and can’t be found.” I couldn’t even count the number of times we have been reunited with our lost item. I guess it is like Faith of a mustard seed thinking.

  7. I love St Anthony.. he has found so many things for me. I have a cross that was my grandmothers.. it fell off my chain a couple times and each time I just stopped and asked St Anthony to find it.
    then just last week.. my son and I could not find his keys.. yep.. St Anthony found them. St Anthony found a long lost book for my mom.

    Thank you St Anthony!

  8. I love St. Anthony. He has found many things for me through the years. One of these times I was working in a clinic as a Medical Technologist. At that time, I would search and search before thinking to go to St. Anthony for help. I could not find a tube of blood on a patient who had already left the clinic. I finally asked St. Anthony to find the tube for me. Immediately when I turned around I saw the tube in the floor where I had been walking around for hours. I am always in awe when this happens.

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