Praying for my son with St. Anthony

Praying for my son with St. Anthony

mother and son

I pray fervently every day

I was first taught to pray to St. Anthony by my teachers, Franciscan nuns, almost 60 years ago when I was seven years old. Since then, St. Anthony has not failed me, especially, but not exclusively, in finding lost items.

When my son was 18 and first began to drive, he got a speeding ticket—a big one. We had to go to court where the officer, who viewed the ticket as we waited our turn, said he would be going to jail. I was panicked. I could not reach my husband or any other family member by phone, so as we waited, I prayed and prayed. That ticket cost over $600 in fines and court costs, and my son’s license was suspended, and he was given quite a lecture by the judge, but, thankfully no jail.

I was more grateful than I could say. When I got home, there was an envelope in the mail—a St. Anthony medal and a request by the Franciscan Friars at a nearby retreat house for a donation. I immediately wrote out a check for $50 (which I could ill afford after those fines and fees), but nonetheless, I mailed it to them.

That was 25 years ago and I still have the medal. I could write a book about the finding of my diamond engagement ring, which was missing in our home for 10 days, or the finding of my cell phone on a NYC street while visiting my mom in the hospital there, or for returning our son home safely from his two combat deployments as a US Marine—for which I prayed fervently every day, and am still thanking God for eight years later.

God bless us, every one, and thank you, dear St. Anthony for your continued guidance.


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