St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus,
who received from God the special power
of restoring lost things,
grant that I may find (name your lost item)
which has been lost.
While I was growing up, my mother would always encourage us to pray to Saint Anthony if we lost something and to ask for his intercession.
Think what you might, in many cases the item would be found at some point.
Last week I lost my hearing aid for a day.
(Yes, I wear one at work only for the most part but I find I am needing it more as I age. What? I'm sorry; I can't hear you.)
I was fairly certain that I had accidentally swept it into the trash with my hand when I was cleaning off my desk in the late afternoon at school.
To replace it would cost nearly $2,000. Ugh.
The next day I told the class that to request Saint Anthony's assistance I was going to wear my Saint Anthony medal, pray for his intercession, and then post his prayer on my whiteboard.
Because they are such a nice group of kids, they immediately began to crawl around on the floor looking for my hearing aid.
No hearing aid was found.
An hour after my announcement, I looked into the trashcan which only had one item ( a plastic food container) in it that was from the CCD class that uses the room in the evening. Even though it would make no sense for the hearing aid to be in the trash can since it was emptied by the time I noticed it was gone.......there it was under the container.
Thank you, Saint Anthony.
Your my pal.