Thursday, October 1, 2015

St. Anthony Helped Me Find It

I live in Pinetown, South Africa. Last year during Sunday Mass our Priest told us about St. Anthony of Padua, I took note as I always do, not knowing that I will be calling on St. Anthony just three days later. My husband lost a very important memory stick which belonged to his manager, we looked everywhere for it with no luck. Then I remembered what Father had taught us - after calling on St. Anthony's help I was led straight to the car and there was the memory stick, stuck between the armrest and the front passenger seat!
Last week on Tuesday I lost a test exercise book which had been submitted to me for moderation. On Wednesday I looked everywhere for it but couldn't find it. Since it was a long weekend for schools here on Friday I went to the Repository and bought a St. Anthony's pin, took it to church on Sunday, and our Priest blessed it. On Monday I wore the pin to work, said the prayer, and went straight to one of the two cupboards that are in the office (on Wednesday I had already looked in that cupboard) and inside was an empty box of duplicating paper with only one item inside, the exercise book!!! The box was not there on Wednesday - how it got there I don't know, but the most important thing to me is that St. Anthony helped me find it!! St. Anthony is truly the finder of lost items! I am truly grateful! Kind regards, N.M.

Thank you N.M. for your inspirational story of St. Anthony's assistance in your life. If you have a story of prayers answered through the intercession of St. Anthony, please email them to us and we will post them on the blog.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

St. Anthony's Guild - St. Junipero Serra

With great joy on this day that Fr. Junipero Serra is canonized a saint, is the following from a St. Anthony's Guild prayer card from 1954:

Junipero Serra, the Franciscan Missionary and Apostle of California, is known for his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He sought "the gold and silver of the Indies - the gold of immortal souls and the silver crown of martyrdom," and left his "Rosary of Missions" along California's El Camino Real, from which has sprung most of what is holy and most of what is cultural in the far western part of the United States.

O Lord Jesus Christ, you have rewarded the apostolic zeal of Thy servant Junipero Serra, who, leaving home and fatherland, labored for the salvation of souls in Mexico and California. Thou hast graciously deigned by evident signs and prodigies to glorify him, so that for the exaltation of Thy Most Holy Name he was raised to the honors of the altar. Grant that through his merits I may obtain the grace I desire. Amen.

Saint Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, pray for us~

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Big Job For St. Anthony

From our friends at St. Anthony's Shrine in Cincinnati, Ohio, here is a Saint Anthony story from one of their own staff:

At work, we share St. Anthony stories all the time. Here’s one from Margot who works in the finance office. ~Bless St. Anthony, I just love the way he works in my life.
One busy Saturday this July I was out and about — lunch with my sister-in-law and niece, my husband and our boys, running errands, putting away things at the house, walking the dog. Later in the afternoon my boys watched a movie, so I crashed on the loveseat in the living room and fell asleep. Half-awake some 20 minutes later, I ran my thumb over my diamond ring and realized that the points were bent up and the diamond was gone!!! I had NO idea when I lost it, so I started to try to re-do all my movements during the day. While I was going through that process, my sister-in law and niece stopped by the house and I told them I lost my diamond and please keep an eye out for it. They asked, ‘What are you going to do?’ I said, ‘Well, the first thing to do is ask St. Anthony for his help. This is what you say, “St. Anthony, my mother says you can find anything. Can you please help me find my diamond?” I even went back to the one store where I might have lost it and tried to recreate the exact same things that I had done there earlier. At home while I was frantically searching, my husband just said, ‘Well, this is a big job for St. Anthony.’ But he didn’t get upset or help in the search for the diamond. After accepting that the diamond was just gone, I actually got a good night’s sleep because I had no control over the situation.
I was awakened by my husband picking my hand up and putting my diamond into it. He found it when he was starting the coffee, in the coffee filter bag in the corner cupboard! You know, I remember reaching up there to get a funnel to pour out some of our new olive oil… but I still believe that St. Anthony found it for me and put it where my husband would find it! Thank you St. Anthony!

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