Thursday, August 18, 2016

Don't Thank Me, Thank St. Anthony

Today my daughter-in law messaged to say she could not find my son's passport. She had been searching every nook and cranny and had practically turned the whole house upside down for about 4 hours. I told her to hold on while I googled the Patron Saint of lost items. I found it and read through what I had to do. I told her what she had to do and I said "you must believe". I also kept saying it from where I was but I kept feeling that I should go over. Although it was 2am, I went over to help her look because I knew that just saying the prayer from where I was would not work. So as soon as I got there I told her that I will help look. The minute I started looking I kept saying "Good St. Anthony look around, something's lost and can't be found" over and over again, as the prayer said I had to do while looking. In less than 30 minutes I found the passport in a place that she had looked before. She looked at me wide eyed. I said to her, "I told you that you have to believe." She hugged me and thanked me. I said don't thank me, thank St. Anthony. And she smiled and said she would. I wondered why God had chosen me to receive His mercy, and then I realized that He wanted to remind me that just because He can be everywhere, He still wants His Saints to chip in. So thank you thank you thank you St. Anthony for today's miracle. Now my son can make his trip and spread your word.

Thank you so much D.F. for your faith-filled story of St. Anthony's assistance. Have a story of your own to share? Email us and we will post it on our blog~

Monday, August 15, 2016

St. Anthony Quote - On The Virgin Mary's Assumption Into Heaven

Like many of the saints before him, St. Anthony of Padua had a great love for and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He knew how important her role was in the life of Jesus Christ and in the life of the Catholic Church, which continues to this day. Here is a quote from his writings focusing on the dogma of the Church regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary's Assumption into heaven:
"She was assumed bodily into heaven…because from Her He assumed flesh. She was ‘the place of the Lord’s feet’ and the ‘ark of His sanctification’ and was therefore glorified. But Her exaltation was also due to Her littleness, for ‘in the word of humility, ‘Behold, the handmaid of the Lord’ (Luke 1:38), She became the Queen of Heaven.’ As a result of Her ‘humility of body and heart… She is brilliant in Her heavenly splendor.’ She is ‘exalted above the choirs of angels’ and ‘sits upon a starry throne,’ crowned by Her divine Son, precisely because She humbled Herself below any other creature."
Most Holy and Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us; St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us~

Friday, August 5, 2016

I Knew He Would Answer My Prayers

I have a special cross necklace that my wonderful husband gave me. Often I will hold it in my fingers while I silently pray. I reached up for my cross today and it was gone! Many people were kind enough to help me search with no avail. All the while I prayed for St. Anthony's intercession. After an exhaustive search, I decided to quit for the day and got ready for a shower. As I disrobed, I heard a soft clink on the bathroom floor. The cross necklace had been caught in my clothes the entire day! Thank you St. Anthony! I knew he would answer my prayers - after all, I was born at St. Anthony de Padua Hospital in Chicago!!

Thank you A.E. for your beautiful story of trust in St. Anthony's intersession for you~