“Say a prayer to St. Anthony!” You probably remember your mom or dad telling you this as a kid when you lost something and couldn’t seem to find it anywhere. “St Anthony, please help me find my retainer!” Somehow, more often than not, St. Anthony seemed to “come through” for us in those moments of panic.
No matter what, God always answers our prayers, even if it isn’t the answer we are hoping He’ll give us. In the moment when we lost our (expensive) retainer we learned some valuable lessons: responsibility for our actions, mindfulness of where valuable things should go to rest, gratitude for our parents for shelling out the money to make our teeth perfect, and trust that through St. Anthony’s intervention, God would lead us to find that retainer.
A countless number of people over the centuries have prayed to St. Anthony in faith and have received a miraculous response to their prayers.
So, in case you’ve forgotten or never learned the prayer in its entirety, here is the Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony:
O Holy St. Anthony gentlest of Saints, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request).
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms. The gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.