Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Surrendered To St. Anthony

As I write my story it is April 22nd, 2019, Easter Monday. I was in Padova, Italy to celebrate Easter and to visit the tomb of St Anthony at the Basilica of Santo Antonio. This would also be tragically known as the Easter where over 300 people were massacred by terrorist bombings across Sri Lanka. But it would also be the Easter where I was shown a personal miracle.
I was bound to return to Zurich, Switzerland on April 22nd having spent a blessed Easter weekend in Padova. Short on budget, I was lucky to get a special deal on train tickets from Zurich to Padova as Easter was peak travel season in Italy. To return to Zurich, I had to change trains in Milan but I had only 10 minutes to spare as the earlier trains were fully booked, so every minute counted.
I didn't have a good feeling that day so I went to the Padova train station in the morning to check if there were any last minute seats on the earlier trains. My experience with the Northern Italian trains have been good, but it was better to be safe than sorry as I was on a tight schedule and budget.
The guy at the counter told me that the earlier trains were overbooked and I could change tickets for a price, but there was no guarantee I would get a seat on the train. Plus I had to give up my guaranteed reservation with the 17.15 train. The other possibility was to leave for Milan in the next hour with a guaranteed seat booking but it was too soon. I felt it a waste of a day if I left too early for Milan train station and I would rather spend more time in Padova. So I decided to keep my existing reservation and take my chances that there would be no delays as usual. The guy at the counter smiled and assured me that my train would be on time for me to catch my connecting train to Zurich. So far there were no delays in the morning despite the Easter rush hour.
Anyway, I did return to the Basilica and prayed to St Anthony for guidance and a smooth journey home. I didn't like pestering anyone for small favours and it seemed trivial to pray for such a small thing like a smooth journey. But I decided to surrender anyway as I didn't have a choice.
I returned to the hotel and rested. My train would leave at 17:15 so I would have plenty of time to walk back to the station. But I felt nervous somehow, so I decided to leave for the train station early. When I got there, a crowd of people were looking anxiously at the announcement boards. To my horror, I saw that most of the trains have been delayed by at least 30 mins up to 2 hours. Underneath, the board announced that all trains to and from all major train stations such as Venice, Rome, Napoli, Bologna, Trieste have encountered delays up to 2 hours because a person was hit by a train. My train was coming from Venice, so my heart sank and I knew there would be a delay – even a mere 5 minute delay would mean I that I could narrowly miss my connecting train. So much for a smooth journey.
To top everything, I couldn't connect my phone to the internet so it was hard for me to plan any options. Luckily a kind young man lent me his phone. There was another late train to Zurich from Milan, the last one for the day, but it was also fully booked – so the only other option was for me to spend a night in Milan and purchase a new ticket back to Zurich next morning. That would have cost me a bomb. So my last resort was to spend a night at the train station sleeping on a bench.
I wanted to cry out loud – what's with this Easter ? Why all the deaths – in Sri Lanka – and now a person killed by a train. Why didn't I leave Padova in the morning against my better judgement. Oh right, because I wanted to go with the flow and I trust my journey with St Anthony.
The young man saw I was distraught and offered to check my train schedule on the internet in advance of the station board. Surprised, he told me that no delays have been announced yet for the Milan bound train. Every other train, even the local trains have been delayed by at least 10 mins.
I held my breath and waited until 17:00 when the board would officially show the departure time for Milan.
The rosters turned and out of 10 trains – 9 were scheduled for delays – all except the Milan bound train. I couldn't believe it but I still wasn't hopeful so I decided to wait at the platform to see if the train was actually on schedule. I asked the people on the platform if they knew whether the train would be on time. One guy shrugged, and said "Who knows ? It's supposed to be on schedule – but every train has been delayed so far".
At about 17:15 from the horizon, I saw my train arriving – I couldn't believe it, it was actually on schedule and not a minute late. I didn't understand – how on Earth was it possible that my train from Venice to Milan is on schedule when every other train had encountered delays. Everyone was scrambling to get to the doors. As I got on the train, I felt like crying – I fell on my seat, exhausted from the anxiety. And I thanked St Anthony profusely. But I was far from relieved, as I still needed to be on schedule in Milan to catch my connecting train with only 10 minutes to spare. With 4 stops in between, I held my breath every time we departed and every time the train was on schedule – all except the 4th stop – the train departed 7 minutes later. Which means I only had 3 minutes to spare.
So I decided to walk to the front of the train and to get off the platform as soon as we reached Milan so that I can sprint to my connecting train as fast as I can. I could feel the train speeding moving faster and faster – as if it was racing against time for my sake. I decided not to look at the schedules anymore and surrendered to St Anthony.
As we were reaching Milan Station, a kind elderly man offered to check the schedules for my connecting train on his phone. He had already missed his connecting train but he told me I'd be alright and I would catch my train. He told me it was leaving from Platform 8, to my right. I thanked him profusely. We finally reached Milan and with 3 minutes to spare – I sprinted out of the door like a mad woman – saw my train to Zurich and sprinted on. I had hoped this train would be delayed – but no – it departed 2 minutes after I boarded punctually.
My heart was beating fast and when I finally found my seat – I felt a great sense of relief. I finally made it – I knew I was not supposed to be on this train – and  I was not supposed to be sleeping in my own bed when I reached home later that night – but I knew that the only reason St Anthony wouldn't let me rebook to an earlier train was because I needed to be shown a miracle against all odds and logical thinking. And I know that I would always cherish this as my own personal Easter miracle.

Thank you N.L. for your wonderful story of trust in the intercession of Good St. Anthony. Have a St. Anthony story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will share it on our blog~

Sunday, April 14, 2019

He Sure Answered Our Prayers

On Monday, April 8th. I noticed my bracelet was not on me but did not tell anyone. By Thursday I told my mom and she prayed all day to Saint Anthony for his help to find the bracelet, and I prayed to Jesus ....by Friday evening we started to look in my bedroom to see maybe I dropped it anywhere, and there under my bed we found it....he sure answered our prayers..thank you Saint Anthony, you are miraculous.

Thank you J.K. for your miraculous story of Saint Anthony's intersession in finding your precious bracelet. Have a Saint Anthony story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on the blog~ 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Prayer To St. Anthony For Special Favors

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

I Got A Good Job

I came to United Kingdom on a dependent visa, as my husband was working here in the UK.  I was praying to Saint Anthony to give me a good job. By God's grace and intercession of  St. Anthony all my formalities here were completed in time, and I also got a good job within a month's time.  I thank Saint Anthony for the favor granted to me.

Thank you P.F. for your story of St. Anthony's assistance in finding you employment. Are you looking for a job and would like St. Anthony's help? Click here  for the Prayer To St. Anthony For Employment. Has St. Anthony's intercession helped you to find a job? Please Email us with your stories, to help encourage other people to ask for the help of Good Saint Anthony in their own search for employment~

Monday, February 25, 2019

Feb. 22 - March 3, 2019 St. Anthony’s Relics Visit Georgia (USA)

Two holy relics of Saint Anthony of Padua will visit the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, from Friday, Feb. 22nd. to Sunday, March 3rd. The Bishop of Savannah, His Eminence Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, OFM Conv., has invited Fr. Bortolino Maistrello, a friar of the Basilica, to bring two holy and precious relics of Saint Anthony of Padua to his Diocese in Georgia. This relic visit will therefore be an “on the road” tour as the relics will visit churches in each of the seven diocesan deaneries. The visit will be part of the first North American holy relics tour for 2019 to prepare Catholics for the season of Lent, which begins March 6 with Ash Wednesday.
“The honoring of the relics of the saints is an ancient tradition of the Catholic Church,” said Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer. “The relics remind us of the holy men and women who lived a life of holiness and charity and many even became martyrs for the faith. “To host the relic of St. Anthony of Padua in the city of Savannah and churches throughout the Diocese is a unique opportunity to gather the faithful to pay respect to a Franciscan saint who is popular among Catholics and other faith traditions. “St. Anthony is best known for his intercession in helping people find lost articles, but also to assist people in rediscovering their lost faith, hope, forgiveness, relationships, employment, reputation, patience, love and many other losses in their lives.”
Prayer petitions with holy cards will be distributed in each parish to allow parishioners to write their prayer petition and intentions to the saint. The writing of a prayer petition is a worldwide tradition when venerating a relic of a saint.
Click here for the Eucharistic and Veneration Services program. Click here to download the program.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

I Just Cried

I lost a solid gold  pendant from Italy of the Sacred Heart of  Jesus and the Immaculate  Heart of Mary. It fell off my chain, I didn't know where and when. I immediately started praying to Saint Anthony, searched the house upside down, and when my grandson came through the door, there it was, on the mat. I have not stopped thanking St. Anthony for coming around. He is ever faithful, he has never failed me, including having found my son's  graduation ring after one year.  I LOVE YOU ST. ANTHONY.

Thank you E.M. for your story of St. Anthony's help in finding your lost jewelry.  Have a Saint Anthony story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog~

Sunday, February 10, 2019

XXVII World Day of the Sick, 2019

On February 11, 2019, on the occasion of the XXVII World Day of the Sick, the Franciscan Friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Italy, will pray for all those who are suffering or sick. Saint Anthony is the Saint of Miracles, and those who are sick lovingly place their trust in his intercession. If, among your family members or your friends, there is someone who is sick, you may send the Franciscan Friars their names and on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick they will pray for their healing. In the Holy Mass celebrated in the Basilica they will invoke upon the sick the blessings of Saint Anthony and God’s grace. You will be able to follow the 8:15am CET Holy Mass on live streaming. They will take all your prayers to the Saint's Tomb during the 8:15am CET Holy Mass. To send the Franciscan Friars your prayer intentions click here.

Monday, January 21, 2019

There It Was

Thanks to Saint Anthony I found my jewelry case with all my jewelry in it.  I trust in Jesus.  I opened my safe and it was not in there.  Opened my top drawer where I keep it sometimes,  it wasn't there.  I started to panic. I  looked again in the safe, and in every drawer in my bedroom. I prayed to Saint Anthony and then went to bed.  This morning I looked in the drawers again, still no jewelry.  I looked again in the safe, and there it was .  Thanks be to God.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

He Has Given Me Hope

Hi - Saint Anthony has always helped me in many ways. He has helped me find employment after years of being unemployed due to depression and anxiety. And when I was made redundant from that job, he found me another great job which I am currently in. I truly believe in the miracles that Saint Anthony works. I have been hopeless and he has given me hope many times. I believe he can help with so many situations.

Thank you E.F. for you story of Saint Anthony's help in finding employment. Click here for a prayer to St. Anthony for helping to find a job. Have a St. Anthony story of your own to share? Email it to us and we will post it on our blog to help others come to trust in God's help through the intercession of Good St. Anthony~