Today is the feast day of one of the greatest Franciscan saints and also one of the most beloved in the Catholic Church: St. Anthony of Padua.
In thanksgiving for favors granted today, I would like to share with you the following prayer:
Saint Anthony, lily of purity, glory and ornament of Christanity, we salute thee! We rejoice at the favors God has so liberally bestowed on thee. In humility and confidence, we entreat thee to help us for we know that God has given thee charity and pity as well as power. Then behold our distress, our anxiety, our fears concerning (mention your intentions here). We ask it of thee by the love thou didst feel for the divine Child when He loaded thee with caresses. Tell Him of our wants. Remember thy rapture when thou didst clasp Him to thy heart, when thou didst press thy cheek to His and didst listen to His divine whispers. One sigh from thee whom He honors will crown our success and fill us with joy. Think of this and hear our prayer. Obtain for us all that we desire and we will publish thy greatness thereby to glorify HIm by whom thou wert so highly favored. Amen!
Saint Anthony, honored and love by the divine Child, Jesus, obtain what we ask of thee!
Saint Anthony, powerful in word and work, obtain what we ask of thee!
Saint Anthony, attentive to those who invoke thee, obtain what we ask of thee!
(from “The Catholic Family Book of Novenas” published by John J. Crawley & Co, 1956)