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Friday Feast of St. Anthony

14 Jun

“[Saint Anthony] said, in his solitude, he sometimes encountered devils who looked like angels, and other times he found angels who looked like devils. When asked how he could tell the difference, the saint said that you can only tell which is which by the way you feel after the creature has left your company.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
Today is the feast day of St. Anthony, my patron saint. I rely on him quite a bit, especially lately. If you aren’t familiar with the tradition of praying to St. Anthony for lost things and lost causes, I’ll give you some info later. But first, here’s my recent adventure with invoking his help.

Recently, I’ve been scrambling, rushing around and spinning my wheels. I’m usually pretty organized, but I misplaced my keys the other day. It was the huge ring with the house keys, various other keys and all those little taggy things from all the stores and AAA. I knew I had them when I got home because that’s how I got in the door. The next morning, they were no where to be found.

I searched every drawer, cabinet, closet, inside sofa cushions, you name it, I scoured it. Two hours of futilely searching, and cleaning out drawers and throwing papers in the trash along the way, it finally dawned on me. “Say your prayer to St. Anthony. He always answers.” So, I said my little prayer while tossing out another batch of useless papers and such. I said to myself, “Self, my keys couldn’t possibly be in the garbage can, could they?” Well, there they were. How in the world they found there way to the bottom of the garbage can, I don’t know, but the next day was garbage day. THANKS ST. ANTHONY!!! You saved me again.
St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of lost items, is invoked thousands (maybe millions!) of times daily to help people find things that they have misplaced. This novena, or nine-day prayer, to find a lost article reminds us as well that the most important goods are spiritual.

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find [name the item] which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquility of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor, I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

There they were, in the garbage.