Sunday, August 6, 2017

It Was Very Fortunate

Another story to add to the many others on the blog. Among other duties my job requires to me be in the field and take pictures of signal equipment along railroads. One hot day a couple years ago I was doing just that, traveling from location to location. When I arrived at a new spot I couldn't find my digital camera. I carefully retraced my steps to my previous location a couple miles away. I searched diligently there and slowly along the two miles of roadway I'd traveled to the next location (along a four lane divided highway) to no avail. I prayed to St. Anthony and also texted my sister to ask her to do the same. I continued to search and decided to make one last trip to the last location I'd used the camera. When I stopped there I noticed another vehicle pulled over at that same spot. While I got out of the truck and started looking around a man got out of the car and asked if I'd lost a camera. Lo and behold he presented it to me. Apparently I'd left it on my truck and it'd fallen off into the middle of the highway. God knows how many folks had driven over it without hitting it but this man had noticed it, and stopped and retrieved it from the road. Other than a couple scratches on the body it was good as new. It was very fortunate it was found because I'd already lost a camera on the job a few years prior and I'm sure the boss wouldn't have been too pleased to hear I'd done it again! For unknown reasons I failed to ask for St. Anthony help with the first camera and it was never found. As fate would have if I've once again lost this same camera and so am asking once again for St. Anthony's intercession.

Thank you J.W. for your great lost and found story - we pray that St. Anthony will help you find the camera again. Have a story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on the blog~

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Unexplainable

My sister gave me a St. Benedict bracelet after one of her daughter's (my niece) joined the Benedictines of Mary convent. I lost the bracelet at least over a year ago, I can't even remember now how long ago I lost it. I had prayed to St. Anthony and looked everywhere for it for several weeks, and eventually forgot all about it. Today I took out the garbage from the kitchen and set the bag outside the door, did a few more things in the house then went out to take the garbage bag to the dumpster, but our dog had gotten into it and scattered the garbage - I was not very happy as I began to pick up the garbage. I was picking up the gross, yucky contents of the garbage when I saw my St. Benedict bracelet in amongst the used, soggy coffee grounds! St. Anthony found it! I could not believe my eyes! I still can't. There is no rhyme or reason, it's unexplainable. Definitely the work of a higher power. It was a nice reminder of love and the power of prayer. Thank you dear St. Anthony!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

He Is Always Listening

Yesterday, St. Anthony helped me find my lost passport and I promised myself that I would find a website where I could testify to how often St. Anthony has helped me find lost objects. How strange to find another recent story of a lost passport!
I had literally turned my office upside down looking for my mislaid passport, even to the point of having my son move heavy furniture away from the wall. I was frustrated and embarrassed because I rarely forget where I put things. Then I remembered St. Anthony and I sincerely prayed for help. A few minutes later, I looked in the same area I had searched before and with a sense of awe, saw my passport.
I have lots of examples of this. I misplaced my glasses in our “attic” storeroom year ago, and you can imagine how hard it is to find something lost in a room like that. I prayed to St. Anthony and went to the storeroom and immediately “knew” that my glasses had fallen out of sight behind a bookcase. I even have terribly trivial examples. My dog had lost his favorite ball. It’s silly but you’d think a dog could find it by scent. I prayed to St. Anthony and felt as if someone was moving my eyeballs to exactly the spot where the ball was hiding.
I know that God answers prayers, but sometimes I feel silly asking God for little things. And why this prayer in particular seems to work so infallibly and quickly is hard for me to understand. But I cannot deny that my little prayers to the Saint have been answered. And it has helped my faith in God, to know that He is always listening.
I believe our prayers to St. Anthony are blessed because God is the God of sparrows and tiny things and those kinds of prayers are truly humble prayers.

Thank you J.B. for your faith filled stories and insights. Have an insight or story to share about St. Anthony's help in your life? Email it to us and we will share it on the blog~

Sunday, July 9, 2017

I Was In Great Distress

I was in great distress to awake Saturday morning in my trailer while out camping with my family, when I could not find my wedding ring!! My husband and I having been married in a Catholic Church 20 years ago, and follow the faith through prayer and attending church on a regular basis with our sons, I was distraught in my spirit for the symbolism of our union was gone!! I looked high and low in the trailer where I was convinced I had last recalled wearing it. I went so far as to question whether it had been stolen by a guest the evening prior, as I last recalled placing it on the kitchen table to do the supper dishes. Of course I did not want to jump to conclusions, and so resorted to praying to St. Anthony in my despair. Not more than five minutes after I prayed, my husband came out of the trailer with my wedding ring and said, "will you marry me again?" I was stunned to learn that my 14 year old son found my ring above my bed, where I had already checked countless times!!! He said, "I told you I would find it for you mom." Amen to St. Anthony and my son!

Thank you L.C. for your wonderful story of St. Anthony's help in finding your wedding ring. Have a story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog~

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lost And Found Passports

With the onset of Summer, we tend to get more stories of lost and found passports. Here are a couple of recent ones~

My brother looked everywhere for his passport - he was unable to get an appointment at the passport office for a renewal and we were due to travel within the week. After searching for 24 hours we said a prayer to Saint Anthony and located the passport within 5 minutes of the prayer, a little miracle. Thank you so much St. Anthony. ~A.T.

Thank you Saint Anthony! While trying to renew my husband's and my passport, our old passports were also required by the office. But I just didn't know where I had kept them. I read on the Internet that St Anthony helps find lost things and so I prayed to him. Miraculously the old passports were found within 2 days from an old bag. Thank you once again St. Anthony. ~M.M.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

As If It Was Put There

I'm so grateful, I'm so grateful!!! My husband's wedding ring had been missing for 3 months - I recited prayers, praying first to Jesus, and to the Father. I recited prayers and went through our home. I know I checked every place, including the pockets of every coat or jacket before. First my missing pendant appeared; I was shocked and tears rolled. I wasn't done yet. "St. Anthony", I said, "this is the big one, can you help me please? We made a covenant with God on our wedding date. Please help me." I recited the prayer. I went back to the closet, and found my husband's ring in the third jacket in. As if it was put there. I broke down in gratitude, said my Prayers of Thanksgiving and The Creed. Thank you for blessing us Saint Anthony. Thank you Jesus, I remain your humble servant!

Thank you C.R. for your beautiful story of St. Anthony's help. Have a story of your own to share with our readers? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog to inspire others to pray for Saint Anthony's intersession.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How Incredibly Blessed

I was at our cabin in the mountains when I suddenly felt something startling - my antique diamond had fallen out of it's setting. I had no idea when or where. I searched all over the cabin and assumed it went down the drain when I washed my hands. I searched through garbage cans, in and under the bed, every step I remembered taking. I went outside and checked around the cabin, in the car, panic setting in. I was so stunned that I couldn't even breathe. I stopped in my tracks and said a prayer to Saint Anthony and to God, thinking if it was possible, my diamond would be found. Suddenly, two receipts fell out of my left pocket. I remembered walking outside and those same two receipts had fallen out onto the ground in a particular spot. I went outside one more time and there was my diamond in the dirt, exactly where those two receipts had fallen out. I couldn't believe how happy it made me and how incredibly blessed I was in that moment. God is good.

Thank you so much J.S. for your beautiful story, on this the Feast of Saint Anthony. This year is falls on his special day - Tuesday. May all of our readers be especially blessed and interceded for by our beloved Saint Anthony of Padua - Good St. Anthony, pray for us~~

Monday, June 12, 2017

Novena to Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #13 The Saint of Miracles



Today's story is of Cunizza, the first miracle that happened after Saint Anthony’s death. This story invites us to turn to those we recognise as God’s friends and ask them to pray for us. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Novena to Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #12 The Liberation of Padua



Today's story of the liberation of Padua through the intercession of St. Anthony. This miracle invites us to reflect on the importance of prayer in our lives. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Novena to Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #11 The Speaking Infant



Today's story is of the speaking infant, which invites us to meditate on the important subject of gossip and slander. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Saint Anthony's Miracles - Day #10 A Violent Husband



Today's story is about a violent husband. With this miracle, St. Anthony invites us to reflect on the condition of women. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #9 The Miser's Heart



Today is the story about the miracle of the miser's heart. Through this miracle St. Anthony is inviting us to free ourselves from the idea of materialism and, at the same time, he is urging us to fight poverty. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #8 A Dead Man Speaks



Today's story is of a dead man speaking. This miracle testifies to a very important value: the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #7 Eurilia Comes Back To Life



Today is the story of Eurilia, who came back to life thanks to Saint Anthony’s intercession - we will meditate on the great power of faith. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #6 Tommy & St. Anthony’s Bread


Today I will tell you the story of Tommy, a little boy who was brought back to life by Saint Anthony. This miracle initiated the great tradition of St. Anthony’s Bread. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #5 The Drowned Child



Today is the story of the drowned child, which invites us to meditate on the important theme of the Resurrection. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #4 The Re-attached Foot



Today's story is the miracle of the Re-attached Foot. With this miracle, St. Anthony invites us to meditate of the Sacrament of Confession. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #3 The Heretic’s Mule



Today's story is about the miracle of the Heretic’s Mule. This miracle invites us to think about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #2 Aleardino’s Glass



Today's meditation is on the story of Aleardino’s Glass, a meditate on one of the most fundamental principles of Catholicism: the Incarnation. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Novena To Saint Anthony 2017 - Day #1 Sermon To The Fishes



We are starting a series of short meditations on some of St. Anthony’s most famous miracles in order to prepare ourselves for the feast of Our Saint. Today is the story of the Sermon to the Fishes, where there will meditation on what it really means to be a Christian. Please join the Franciscan Friars every day until the 12th. of June, for the ‘Tredicina’ Mass celebrated at the High Altar of the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy. The Mass will be livestreamed from their website every day at 6:00 pm Italian time. And if you like you may also write a prayer to Saint Anthony simply by filling out the form on their website.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today I Believe Even More

I went to a wedding last Summer and I was wearing my mother's engagement ring. She gave it to me as a gift because I used to beg her to give it to me when I was very young.. I used to play with it... And she told me when you are older... It is yours!!! So she kept her word. So you can imagine how precious it is for me...no money can buy such valuable ring!
After the wedding I removed my jewelry and went to sleep. I was a little bit tipsy since it was a family wedding but I remember very clearly that I had put the ring, my bracelet and the earrings on the highest shelf of the wall unit. The next morning I went to put the jewellery back in my jewellery box.... But the ring was missing!!! I couldn't find my ring... I searched everywhere... Cleaned the whole house. I asked people who were at the wedding so maybe someone had found it. I was heartbroken..so sad... I cried and cried .. I couldn't believe that I actually lost this sentimental ring!!!!
I prayed and prayed to St. Anthony ... I even bought a statue of him.. I have always been devoted to him since I am a Catholic... I prayed for hours, months and months but he wasn't even hearing me or so I thought. I went to Lourdes with my family and I prayed my heart out to Our Lady and also to St. Anthony ...to God, to every saint.... I cried while praying and I was losing all hope...
Today (after several months with no luck I made up my mind that the ring was lost somewhere outside) I was looking for some batteries and I thought to look in an old nappy changer full of stuff ... After a few minutes...I saw it!!!! Oh Gosh...it was my mother's ring!!!! I couldn't believe my eyes...I couldn't believe how it got there....!!! So weird!!!! Who put the ring there??? The nappy changer full of junk stuff.... Nobody used it anymore....But, then it clicked!!! Of course...now it makes sense... It was St. Anthony of Padua... He hasn't forgotten me... He found my lost ring and put it there!!!! Maybe I didn't listen to him. I was so busy getting angry with him for not helping me out!!! ( I am sooo sorrrry :( ) I believe in miracles and today I believe even more.... Thank you St. Anthony...you surely work wonders!!! I love you my friend and sorry if I ever doubted you!!!! Xxxx Keep on watching over me and my family xxxx. Thank you dear God Almighty, Jesus, and Mother Mary xxxx

Thank you M.E. for your wonderful story of St. Anthony's help in your life. Have a St. Anthony story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog, so others can be inspired to ask for St. Anthony's help in their lives too~

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It Was Saint Anthony Who Led Them

In the 1990's, my husband and I lived in San Francisco, California, in Saint Anthony's Parish. Every year on Saint Anthony's feast on June 13 (or the Sunday closest to it), the church and school grounds burst in celebration. The day started with the tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Filipino) Mass at
mid-morning, followed by a solemn procession around the block, then an outdoor pot-luck party with music and dances by the multicultural community that comprised the parish. Latinos and Filipinos in their colorful costumes provided contrast to the dark brown habits of Franciscan Friars who administered the parish.
One time our daughter, her husband and baby who lived in another city came to our parish celebration. They appeared distraught at first, saying they had to take the bus because someone stole their car during the night. We persuaded them to stay for the Mass, procession and party and maybe they'd feel better afterwards. They did.
During the procession, my son-in-law volunteered to help carry the platform on which stood the statue of Saint Anthony. The processional statue of the saint shows him with fire from an open book in his hands instead of the Holy Child. It is not as much a favorite of parishioners as the one inside the church with Baby Jesus in his arms. Nevertheless the ladies have decorated the platform lavishly with different colored day lilies. Our daughter and son-in-law looked like they really enjoyed the party, showing off their baby boy to neighbors and friends. After the party, they rode the bus back to go home.
Later that afternoon our daughter called excitedly to tell us they have found their missing car. She said they were still on the bus when my son-in-law happened to look out the window and saw the car crookedly parked in an empty lot. He was quite sure it was their car. They got off the bus and walked to it. The door was unlocked, there were minor scratches on the dashboard and a nicked keyhole, some small objects, pillows and toys missing, but otherwise the car was intact. No one was around to see them take their car back, so they drove it home.
What was amazing to me was, I didn't think my daughter or her husband even thought of praying to Saint Anthony for help in retrieving their missing vehicle. Well, maybe they - or one of them - did. Yet they were quite certain it was Saint Anthony who led them to their missing vehicle. Perhaps just participating in his feast day celebration was enough for the good and gentle saint to lend a hand.
Thank you, Saint Anthony. Your favors are always appreciated. Pray for us to God, dear Saint and Doctor of the Church.

Thank you M.P. for your beautiful story of how St. Anthony assists us even when we don't ask him outright - he still is always willing to help.

Friday, April 14, 2017

I Could Have Lost It Anywhere

I had lost something very dear to me. It was an earring that I had gotten from my husband for our anniversary. I looked everywhere for it, but I could not find it. I prayed to Saint Anthony everyday for the past week. I finally got a chance to look in my car today (we had a very bad snowstorm right after I lost my earring.) I had only been searching a very short while and after I moved my car seat forward I found it! I could not believe it, I thought it was lost forever. I know St. Anthony helped me find it. To me this was truly miraculous, because I could have lost it anywhere. It's safely back with its mate. Thank you St. Anthony for answering my prayers! God Bless! Sincerely, C.W.

Thank you C.W. for your heartfelt story of St. Anthony's help in finding something important to you. Have a story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on the blog~

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I Prayed So Hard To Him

Many years ago, I was getting off from work. At the parking lot, since I had an armful of papers, I placed my handbag on the top of the car next to mine, opened my car door, placed the papers on the passenger's seat and drove off. I did not realize what I had done till I got home! I drove back immediately to the parking lot but the place was deserted. I went home depressed, thinking about the contents of the bag. I then was horrified that in it as well was expensive jewelry a friend had given to me for safekeeping. As soon as I got home,  I called another friend about what happened, who advised me to pray to Saint Anthony of Padua. I didn't know he was the Saint for lost things. I prayed so hard to him. Two hours later the phone rang and a stranger called that she found my bag on top of her car. The very next day, she brought it to my workplace. Everything was there including the jewelry! I was so thankful to Saint Anthony for having an honest woman find my handbag! To this day, I never forget and am still grateful to him.

Thank you N.P.L. for your great story of how St. Anthony found you an honest person to return your purse. Have a story of you own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog~

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

St. Anthony, I Gave Up Looking

Today, 6/3/17, as I was trying to construct my fencing, my drill broke. I decided to try and fix it. And so... as I was unfastening all the screws, I found that inside that drill there were two numbers of carbons among others. Each of which was held in its respective position by two individual springs. Accidentally one of the springs was disturbed by my movement. This caused the carbon to fly out of the drill. To cut the story short, I started looking for the carbon within the radius where I thought it would be. After about 10 minutes and still unable to find it, eventually I gave up, sat down when suddenly I thought of St. Anthony. I heard in the past that he is a great saint, particularly for lost things. So, I called upon his name saying, "St. Anthony, please look for my carbon, I could not find it. I promise you I'll spread your name if you find it." Then I resumed looking for approximately another 10 minutes, but to no avail. So, I stopped, I packed my broken drill and uttered, "St. Anthony, I gave up looking." I stood up, called it a day, and walked towards the door of my house. As I was walking, suddenly I saw the piece of carbon laying on the concrete pavement right in front of me. I was amazed. I picked it up and restarted my drill repair work. Thank you St Anthony.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

It Was My Personal Little Miracle

I recently lost one of a pair of earrings my husband purchased for me for our 19th. wedding anniversary.  I was extremely upset,  not so much because I lost the earring, but because of the sentimental value it held. I was taking a shower, when I felt something hit my leg, and rattle around in the tub. I was washing my face at the time, so I wasn't able to open my eyes immediately to find out what it was. After I got out of the shower and was drying off I saw my earring back laying on the floor, and I knew in an instantly what had hit my leg.  I was so sure that my earring had wash down the drain,  that crying,  I told my husband he needed to climb under our house to check if it was in the pee-trap.  He, very reluctantly did as I ask,  and advised that it wasn't in there.   We then spent the next two hours with the shop vacuum trying, unsuccessfully, to suck the earring back up the pipe.  
At some point I decided to check for a prayer for lost things.  I remembered the prayer from when I was a kid,  but couldn't remember all the words.  I prayed the prayer for lost things almost the whole time we tried to find the earring.  So finally around two in the morning I very reluctantly went to bed.  I continued to pray until I fell asleep. I continued to pray the prayer to St. Anthony for 2 days.  Then,  the morning of the 3rd. day after losing it, the earring was still on my mind,  but I had really given up on finding it.  I was still praying to find it,  but figured it was gone for good.  So,  I went to work and was doing my normal thing. 
I was headed to the copier and was looking down at the papers I was going to make copies of when something sparkly caught my eye.  I walked past it,  but decided to turn back to check what it was.  As soon as I picked it up,  I knew exactly what it was.  I was so excited about finding it that tears instantly filed my eyes.  I squeezed the earring tight in my fist, and headed back to my office.  I closed the door and hit my knees.  I said a prayer of thanksgiving not only to God,  but also to St. Anthony. 
I, for the life of me, cannot figure out how the earring I swear washed down the drain,  was now at my office.  It was dirty,  and the bar was bent (but nothing my jeweler can't fix), and was just laying in the middle of the walkway-which is carpet.  How did it get so dirty, and bent?  I have no doubt that what ever my earring had been through,  it was divine intervention that I was able to find it.  It was my personal little miracle, and the rest of the day I kept touching it,  and saying a prayer of thanksgiving.  I know the prayer worked, and as your website declared I found it in a spot that makes absolutely no sense.  Thank you for putting this prayer online, and thank you for listening to my story.  The Lord is Awesome,  and His Love for His children is everlasting. Thank you, A.T.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

I Sought The Prayer To St. Anthony

Glory be!  I lost my glasses several days ago and I cannot see without them - I'm very nearsighted.  I had to wear my old contacts but my eyes are very sensitive and I'm almost out of contact lenses, too, so I was going to have to buy new glasses!  But I said to myself, they could not have just vanished -- they have to be in the house and just got knocked off a table or something.  However, I had looked thoroughly in the only places I ever really take them off -- by and under the bed, around the couch, and in the bathroom.  I knew I had woke up and they just weren't there like they always are.  I searched and two people helped me search, and today I sought the prayer to Saint Anthony for help finding my missing item.  Then I asked my husband to bring home his really strong flashlight from work so I could do one more thorough search. After searching with the flashlight for about 3 minutes, I went again into the bedroom and looked under the bed and the dresser by the bed.  I had to shine my light straight down behind the very corner of the headboard by the dresser, and THERE THEY WERE.  I couldn't see them from any other angle.  I am so grateful and I really feel that St. Anthony showed me where to look !!  Praise God.

Thank you D. M. for your great story of St. Anthony's help in finding your glasses. If you have a story of St. Anthony's help in finding something lost, email it to us and we will post it on the blog.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Coincidental? Absolutely Not!!

A few years ago I prayed to Saint Anthony to lead me to where my son lost his backpack in New York City...after praying faithfully his backpack was found a few days later, and surprisingly it had not been stolen!! It was the first time I had called upon St. Anthony and I wasn't sure if it was coincidental but I was thankful just the same!!! Just recently, I called upon St. Anthony again after I lost a sentimental piece of jewelry my husband bought me 30 years ago. I had been searching for it for weeks...I had taken the piece to a jeweler because I was going to have it repaired, and during all of the holiday hustle and bustle I had misplaced it and thought I had accidentally thrown it out or dropped it...I had searched and searched and was starting to give up hope... I said the prayer to St. Anthony and later that night I had a dream of the necklace being found...but it still hadn't turned up...A few days later...still searching the same places over and over again....on (1/7/16) I found a St. Anthony prayer card with a lovely medal. I held onto the medal and said the prayer and sat silently for a moment. He immediately showed me a sign which led me to where the jewelry might be...I looked in that place and there it was..... Coincidental? Absolutely NOT!! I am convinced Prayer and Faith WORK!! Thank you St. Anthony ❤️
Devoted Dee

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Friday, February 3, 2017

XXVI World Day of Prayer for the Sick


Every year, on February 11th. the Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick. Throughout his life, St. Anthony held a special place in his heart for the sick and suffering, showing them particular compassion and mercy, working wonders during his time on earth. Around the Tomb of Saint Anthony in his Basilica in Padua, countless signs and testimonies of healings and graces take place. Everywhere in the world people who are sick or suffering look to St. Anthony with confidence, and ask for the gift of bodily and spiritual health. Do you know someone who is sick or suffering? Let the Friars of Saint Anthony’s Basilica include you and your loved ones in their prayers at a special Mass at the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. Click here to fill out the online form to be included in this special Mass. Click here to watch the World Day of the Sick livestream Mass at 8:15 am (CET)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

St. Anthony's Relics Visit The USA, Bangladesh And India

This month relics of Saint Anthony will be gracing various parts of the world. The ‘floating rib’ relic, the one that was venerated by Sister Lucia of Fatima, will be taken to Austin in Texas. There will also be other relics of St. Anthony taken to Bangladesh and then to India.The visits are taking place according to the following tentative schedule that may be subject to change. The Eucharistic and Veneration Services will be celebrated as follows:

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

St. Anthony In The US: His Relics In Texas In February 2017



Fr. Mario Conte, executive editor of the Messenger of Saint Anthony magazine, will bring to Austin, Texas, from February 10th.-19th., the ‘floating rib’ relic of Saint Anthony, the one that was venerated by Sister Lucia of Fatima.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It Helped Me Find Something Bigger

I don't really have a specific story;  I am more non-denominational in faith. Somehow though, I always felt that Saint Anthony was a very real saint. This last story is just a little story. I work in the medical field, and although lately I am worried about many things happening with my children and at home, I find I am more scattered brained than normal. The result is I am worried about my job too. I have keys to my office assigned to me, they open the office and the medicine locks. If I had lost them, I might have put my job in grave danger. As a single mother this was a terrifying thought. I prayed to Saint Anthony and began to look. I have to laugh, because I did find what I what I was worried about, money (my job)  (3 separate times in my search) and keys (long ago lost house keys one of the children misplaced). I retraced my steps and found a $5.00 dollar bill just floating by out of no where when I left a store I was in to ask if they had seen my keys, and then a friend who owed my money I had forgotten about stopped by and paid me back, and then a long lost gift card found during the search.
After that I found the house keys and had to laugh, Saint Anthony, I prayed, let me be very specific, and I was. Soon after I felt drawn to a certain corner of the room I normally don't pay any attention to. I kept feeling attracted to it. They shouldn't have been there, and I don't know how they got there, or how I found them so quickly - but I am certainly relieved and sure my prayers were heard (plus a few more.)
I am grateful, and so grateful that I wanted the chance to share my story, even though it is very small and insignificant, it helped me find something bigger - my flagging faith. Sincerely, S.N.

Thank you S.N. for sharing your not-so-little story of St. Anthony's help in your search. If you have a story of St. Anthony's assistance in your life, please email it to us and we will post it on our blog~


Saturday, January 7, 2017

I Was Skeptical

I had lost keys they had everything on them: my car, the house, my dad's house, my beach hut, and most importantly a key ring picture of my daughter when she was very young. I searched the house with my husband for three days solid, pulling out areas that were just not a possibility of hiding the keys but we were so clueless as to where they were. A friend mentioned about the prayer to St. Anthony to ask for help. I was skeptical but thought it would do no harm. That evening before bed I prayed and asked for his help. The next morning I called my friend and told her I had not had any visits so to speak in the night to guide me, and to really mock her suggestion I said to her all I had dreamt of that night was a huge house full of beds and mattresses; we chuckled and the carried on with our day. 
I was still hunting for my keys that evening when I said to my husband, maybe they had fallen into one of the drawers in the bedroom if they were slightly open? 48 hours previously that was a silly idea, but we were so confused as to where they were we looked anywhere! He went to the bedroom and opened the drawers but found nothing. He then pulled a bag out from under our bed which contained my nightwear, only to see the keys sitting in the bag! I immediately called my friend, over the moon our keys had been found, and was taken aback by her response. She said, I told you St. Anthony would help you. I then remembered my dream the previous night; I had dreamt of beds. And where were my keys? Under my bed in a bag. Now I'm not a pushover with things, but that is just plain awesome don't you think!! Regards, M.B. 

Yes M.B., we do think that is awesome. Have an awesome story of St. Anthony's help in your life to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog~

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Thank You St. Anthony, Thank You

Thank you St. Anthony for your help and intervention in finding our collection of house keys and car key. We, that is my wife and I, have been searching for these keys since Christmas Eve 12/24/16 under beds, in cupboards, above the rafters, in shopping bags, sorting through the household scraps and rubbish as well as the recycling bin, around various gardens where I had trimmed and weeded, in the cars several times to no avail. They must be in my man shed. Spending a couple of days thoroughly searching every nook and cranny, shelves, cupboards, wire hooks and around the floor supports, the bundle of keys still did not appear. Well, then I turned to the church and asked some of the choir group had they found a bunch of keys, on Christmas Eve, which I may have left on the church floor; I even asked the Priest. All this was unsuccessful, so I approached the police station and left a description for the lost and found. The search continued on the small town's community web site for lost and found. No luck there either. Completely convinced that those keys would never be found I began securing the gates and doors with different locks. Only the 4wd car remained unsecured as it has remote central locking. Therefore all identification and the home address had to be removed in case a thief activated the remote control in a car park and stole the 4wd. They would have access to the home address and the contents of the house. Out of the blue my wife suggested I search St. Anthony's home page and read his prayer for help to find lost items which are of great need. So I did. I learnt the prayer off by heart and proceeded to say the prayer, think of the keys and revisit all the places I had searched thoroughly before. Well as I was looking carefully through the shopping bags on top of the portable fridge downstairs, I found the bunch of keys wedged low down between the protective cover of the camping fridge. My first thought was, "thank you St. Anthony, thank you, thank you, thank you." I wasn't interested in how they came to be there. We were most grateful they had been found. What a great way to start the new year 1/1/17.

Thank you A.D. for starting our New Year off with your great story of St. Anthony's miraculous help. Have a story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on the blog~