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~