Born in Portugal in 1195, St. Anthony of Padua—also known as the patron saint of lost items—is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi and is known by many people as a miracle worker.
St. Anthony is a popular saint in the Catholic Church, and we call upon him for the recovery of lost items and people who have lost their Faith. (When lost items can’t be found, some people like to pray, “Dear St. Anthony, please come around; something is lost and it cannot be found!”)
Fr. William Saunders tells us: “This attribution comes from an incident where a novice carried off a valuable Psalter St. Anthony was using. St. Anthony prayed very hard that the Psalter would be found. After seeing an alarming apparition of St. Anthony, the novice returned the Psalter.”
St. Anthony originally joined the Augustinian Order at age 15, but after being inspired by seeing the remains of the first Franciscan Martyrs, he received permission to enter the Franciscan Order. During his lifetime, St. Anthony was a famous preacher and a great defender of the Catholic Faith, and God worked miracles through this holy man.
The so-called St. Anthony Miracle Prayer below is a wonderful prayer to pray when you need a miracle in your life. Many people have seen miraculous answers to their prayers because of God’s mercy and St. Anthony’s powerful intercession with Our Lord.
Below we also include another St. Anthony prayer; however, this one is not to St. Anthony, but was written by the saint himself!
Prayer to St. Anthony of Padua
O Holy Saint 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 you to obtain my requests. (Here mention your intentions.)
The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving Saint, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petitions into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be enfolded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
Prayer by St. Anthony of Padua
Lord Jesus, make of us good and fertile soil for the reception of the seed of your grace, and make it yield worthy fruits of penance, so that with Your help we may merit to live eternally in Your glory, who are blessed throughout all ages. Amen.