St Anthony Story

 In the summer of 1987 I made a pilgrimage from England to Jerusalem hitch-hiking and staying in monasteries and whatever hospitality the road gave me.

By mid-June I was traveling through central France, and I was invited to stay with a friend of a friend. They were a well off Catholic family. They took me sight seeing, and as I got to know them I learned that their teen aged son had to leave school because he was suffering from mental illness.
It was St Anthony’s day, and realizing he was the patron of lost things I just said sort of off the top of my head to the French woman, “You know, your son has lost his mind. St Anthony is the patron of lost things. Maybe if you prayed to him your son would find his mind again.”
I felt pretty embarrassed saying such a thing (as I always do) but she smiled and said, “Yes, maybe so.” I went on my way, and there was a letter waiting for me at the monastery in Rome where I stayed.
It was from the French woman. She prayed a novena to St Anthony and her son got better.

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  • FrGregACCA

    Tony has always come through for me.

  • the lords sheep

    I credit St. Anthony (and St. Therese) for helping me find my vocation. It wasn't lost, but I was.Now, praise God, I'll be entering the convent on September 8. St. Anthony has always come through for me. I owe him a lot!Thanks for sharing your story!

  • jedesto

    "Tony! Tony! Look around;Something's lost and must be found!"Before now I had never considered invoking St. Anthony to help someone "find" a lost mind. Thanks a MILLION, Father!

  • peccatoribus

    A good friend of mine gave me a third class relic of St. Anthony. It is one of my most treasured possessions.