St. Anthony © Aris Dervis

© Aris Dervis 2003

Cool, calm and collected, Saint Anthony is equally loved in his native land of Portugal, as well as his adopted home of Italy. His American following began with the Italian immigrants and quickly spread by word of mouth. His miraculous deeds are not limited to finding lost objects. As testimonies in numerous websites will reveal ( he is eminently qualified to deal with crises of all dimensions. Exploration into South American culture shows his usefulness in romantic dealings. Kindhearted and easy-going, he is always pictured with the Divine Infant on his shoulder. His symbol is the lily.
I was walking through Manhattan's Little Italy recently when I came upon a small carnival. Among the stalls offering huge stuffed animals as prizes for games of chance was a makeshift shrine to St. Anthony. His statue wore a red ribbon adorned with paper money. I gave the shrine keeper three dollar bills and in return he gave me the following prayer.

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. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. 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; and the gratitude of my heart will be ever yours.
Follow by 13 Our Fathers, 13 Hail Mary's, and 13 Glory Be's

Ready to Experiment?

On or around June 13th, why not see where the Unfailing Prayer leads you. Should your miracle occur, you can repay St. Anthony by giving a charitable contribution to your pet charity. Write and let me know the results. (Tell him ServingSpirits sent you. We can stand the extra credit.)