Today it is common for “sophisticated” Catholics as well as non-Catholics to scoff at pious practices of the past, such as asking St. Anthony’s intercession in finding lost objects. But I for one think such practices are completely legitimate and well within our Faith.
Yesterday I was trying to find our checkbook before Mass. My wife and I had looked everywhere for it during the past week, but could not find it anywhere. I was about to give up and break into a new set of checks when I remembered St. Anthony. I said a quick prayer asking him to help me find it before Mass. A few minutes later I was talking to my wife and she remembered then that the checkbook was in the pool bag. Thank you St. Anthony!
Then I figured I had his attention, so I asked him for help in finding my son’s belt. It had been missing for over a month. I walk into his room, look under his bed (which I had looked under numerous times in the past month), and voila! there it was! St. Anthony was on a roll!
I might be unsophisticated, but at least I don’t lose things for very long.
St. Anthony, pray for us!