“St. Anthony Find It; St. Anthony Keep It . . . “

3 April 2007

That’s the beginning of a simple prayer that I think Sr. Beatrice (or at any rate, one of the sisters at my grammar school) taught me to say when I couldn’t find something.  She taught me —or at least, this is what I remember and do now— is to say “St. Anthony find it; St. Anthony keep it; St. Anthony put it before my two eyes” three times, then an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be, and then repeat the St. Anthony bit three times.

I’ve posted on “magical thinking” before, and using this prayer certainly seems to be magical thinking.  It directly asks a saint to do something, not just pray for me/us.  I can rationalize it by saying that what I’m actually praying for is for St. Anthony to pray to God for help finding my keys.  I think this might be a stretch.

But I still pray this prayer when I lose something important, something like my keys.  Sure enough, I lost my keys this morning.  I took a little time after everybody was at work or with the babysitter to pray to St. Anthony and look for my keys.  I had looked everywhere they might be: my closet (where its companion, my wallet, was found this morning), the Little Guy’s room, and my desk/office.

I look in the first two places after praying to St. Anthony, and then tackle my office:anthony1.jpg

I pick up every paper, book, and stack on my desk, rifle through them, and nothing.  I try to check the drawers, I even check behind my desk, which I had looked through before:

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Lo and behold!  Beneath my unbrella’s point (you can see its handle on the right edge of the above photo by the wall) are my keys.  How I did not hear them fall last night, how they got under the point of my umbrella, are beyond me.

St. Anthony works, folks.  Maybe its un-Christian, but it works.  I took pictures to prove it, but they won’t upload.  I guess Someone (not St. Anthony here) don’t want me to show you.

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