Friday, September 28, 2012

Why Does St. Anthony Help People?

We found this great explanation as to why St. Anthony would, does, intercede for all that ask for his help:

I often wonder why St. Anthony is helping people. In the 'Prayers to St. Anthony for the Restoration of Things Lost or Stolen' I have found the answer. The Saint would work for our petitions "if it be to the greater glory of God and to the spiritual benefit of my soul." The granted favors, whether big or small, thus direct our attention to God's glory. As for our souls, he seeks God's blessings in restoring our peace of mind and in banishing anxiety - a major obstacle to our spiritual health.

A friend questioned me: "Why would a great Saint and a Doctor of the Church go into a petty task like seeking for a lost article?" Without a doubt, St. Anthony showed us his humility and enthusiasm in winning souls for God. In helping others and leading them to Christ, we should learn from the Saint that nothing is too small or too trivial. We should gladly welcome every opportunity - no matter how little - to show that we all are truly God's children.

Thank you Lord Jesus for giving us the Saints, our elder brothers and sisters in the Faith, those that have already tread the path and know the way, to intercede for us and help us reach our heavenly home with You~

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Free St. Anthony Prayer Request Card

Do you wish to receive the card used in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy, at home and free of charge, in order to write your own prayer intention or messages to Saint Anthony? Click here to visit Saint Anthony’s Franciscan Friar's website to fill out the form for a free prayer request card.

The Franciscan Friars will take all the cards received to Saint Anthony's tomb. In addition, the Friars will pray for you and with you, that God may grant you the assistance you need through the intercession of Saint Anthony.

You can send the card you receive to this address:

Caro Sant'Antonio
Basilica del Santo
Via Orto Botanico 11

Prefer to send your prayer request via email? Click here for more information. If you would like to share any prayers answered through Saint Anthony's intercession, please email them to us to post on our blog~

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Saint Anthony Quote - The Grace To Seek His Kingdom

“Let us therefore pray to our Lord Jesus Christ that he give us the grace to seek His Kingdom and to build within ourselves a moral Jerusalem. By doing this, we will be able to merit our place in the heavenly Jerusalem to sing Alleluia in its streets with all the saints and angels. But the One whose Kingdom is eternal for all ages must help us to do so.”

-St. Anthony of Padua

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Prayer To St. Anthony - Ask Our Lady

Good St. Anthony, you were ever blessed with a deep affection for Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. Help me to imitate your own dedication to the Mother of God. May the Blessed Virgin Mary protect me amid the perils of life, assist me in my present needs, and at the hour of death. Please offer in her honor the prayers I make to you. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be...

Friday, September 7, 2012

She Had Lost Hope

My brother died just a week after his 29th birthday. My sister and I decided a couple of weeks later to get my father a statue of Jesus to remind him of my brother. We looked all over for a nice statue of Jesus, but didn't find any that we liked. Finally giving up we went to one last store and saw a statue of Saint Anthony and we felt compelled to buy it. It seemed pretty random to us that we we buying a St. Anthony statue, given the fact that he was the patron saint of lost and found items, yet still we felt the need to buy it and give it to our father to help him with the loss of our brother. This next part is where the story makes sense... My Sister-In-Law had been grieving tremendously over the loss of my brother. They had been together for over 10 years, and they just had a beautiful baby girl that was only a little over 2 months when my brother passed away.

My Sister-In-Law told me to sit down because she had to tell me something that had happened to her. She told me that she had been crying a lot and just praying for God to help her through this. She calmed down and went to give her daughter a bath, when she came back into the baby's room, she saw something in the crib. Now, nothing is ever in the crib because its dangerous for babies to have items in their crib because they can choke on things, and no one lives with her so it was weird that something was in the crib because no one could have dropped anything in the crib. She went over and picked up the small object and first noticed it was a very old medal - it looked worn, like someone had been rubbing on it with their fingers. Then she read the inscription, and it was a Saint Anthony medal. She began to cry because the medal was directly laid on the spot where she lies her baby down to sleep. She knew this was the works of God. She went to her Priest and told him about the medal and he told her that it is without a doubt a sign from God. My Sister-In-Law said at first she didn't understand, why Saint Anthony? But then she realized, he helps find lost things... and since her husband died, Saint Anthony is helping her find her hope - and not just her, he is helping my whole family find hope again. Now that is an amazing story of miracles and faith and the power of God !!

Thank you Maria for this beautiful story of hope, lost and found. Have a story of your own to share with our readers? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog~