Did you all know that he is also the patron saint of barren women?
Here is why I have such a deep love and devotion to St. Anthony:
Fourteen years ago, DH and I had been married almost six years and no baby… and how we wanted a baby so badly! We decided to make a pilgrimage to a shrine in northern New Mexico (the Santuario de Chimayo) to ask for this favor. My SIL thought we should go on the feast of St. Anne, the patron of mothers (July 26), but this was right after Easter and I didn’t want to wait that long. I’d had a devotion to St. Anthony since I was a child (never knowing that he was the patron of barren women) so we chose June 13 as the date of our pilgrimage. We started a 54-day rosary novena that concluded on June 12, made our visit to the shrine on the 13th and promised we’d add the name Anthony to our first child’s name. On March 15 of the following year (almost nine months to the day), our son, Paul Michael Anthony, was born…
… to his BIRTH MOTHER.
Yes, we adopted him at the age of 3 weeks and he is the biggest blessing we’ve received in our marriage, and that is why St. Anthony is one of my best friends in all the world!
And, yes, you’ll hear me telling him and his dad whenever they’ve misplaced anything…“Did you ask St. Anthony to help you find it?” And he’s the reason I can always find anything I need on my cluttered, messy desk with no trouble!