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.
O 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.