St. Anthony of Padua
Consider everyday as a new beginning, the first day of your life, and always act with the same fervor.
Happy is the man whose words come from the Holy Spirit and not from himself.
This weeks Saint of the Week is one of the more well known saints of the church. St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost things and is often attributed to miracles regarding lost people and lost items. He lived a zealous life preaching God’s word. He was courageous, holy, and relentless. His life was a beautiful example of what we as Christians should strive for.
St. Anthony was an amazing speaker. One story that stood out to me was that one day while he was preaching to heretics he saw that no one was listening or understanding. He walked away and started talking to fish in the sea. Soon a whole school of fish gathered around him. When the heretics saw these fish they realized that they should start listening to what this man is saying. He is responsible for the conversion of many heretics.
I feel especially drawn to him this week because I’ve lost an item that I’ve had since I was a child. This item is very special to me. I had given up hope, but now I’m determined to find it. St. Anthony help me!
Though I’ve lost a special item, my biggest concern are the people who feel lost. Those who don’t know what they’re doing or where they are going. Those who wake up wondering what now? What next? Those who are on the verge of giving their life to God, but still holding on to the things they know they should leave behind. We are His lost sheep and He is looking for us. I pray we may find strength in St. Anthony. I pray we may call upon him to help us find ourselves and find our way.
Below is a link to a Novena to St. Anthony. Join me in praying it this week for whatever you have lost- including yourself. May we all find what we are looking for ❤
And if you missed this post from me, check it out for a heart warming story about finding a lost item.