November 1st, 2006
On All Saints Day, prayers for every need, including scarce parking spaces, lost iPods and hard-to-find husbands
Complete this sentence:
“St. Anthony, St. Anthony…”
Don’t know it?
Then you’re not a real Catholic. At least not yet.
The one thing that connects the astoundingly diverse communion of saints with one another—besides their love of God and devotion to Jesus—is the fact that most have weird rhyming prayers in their honor. Certainly the most popular is the one to St. Anthony, the 13th-century Portuguese Franciscan saint best known not for his real-life devotion to the poor, but for helping you find your keys, your wallet and your Blackberry.
Here is the prayer in full: “St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come around. Something is lost but cannot be found.”…