Prior to going to walk, I put on my gym shorts and tee shirt. The shorts have shallow pockets and I always bring my drivers license with me when I go walking in case I pass out or die or get hit by a car, people will know who I am. Who knows me here????
This morning, Monday, I was ready to leave the rectory about 6 AM to go exercise. I couldn't find my driver's license. I looked everywhere, and then I came to the awful realization that more than likely pulling either my Rosary Beads or iPhone out my pocket on my walk or where I drove to, that the license came with it and fell on the ground! Panic! What a rude awakening in Richmond Hill, my new home!
I thought to myself that I would never find it. But I got in my car and backtracked on my walk the night before. I couldn't find it.
Then I called the Georgia Department of Drivers' licenses to find out what to do. They told me I had to have a picture ID and proof of my new residence which of course I do not have. In addition I was told that the Drivers' license offices in Georgia are closed on Monday!
I thought it a long shot, but decided to ride out to my final destination near a seafood restaurant called Fishtails.
I looked everywhere. Then I thought maybe someone turned it into the restaurant. But it was closed, but I walked by and two young men were standing outside a door. They asked if they could help me. They didn't know if my license was turned in or not, but they unlocked the restaurant and took me to the cash register and low and behold it was sitting on top of it! MIRACLE! And I did not realize that it was the Feast of St. Anthony.
But prior to leaving for my search of my license, I begged Saint Anthony in an impromptu prayer to find it and to find it please, please, please. I didn't use the formal prayer but it was close:
O blessed St. Anthony, the grace of God has made you a powerful advocate in all our needs and the patron for the restoring of things lost or stolen. I turn to you today with childlike love and deep confidence. You have helped countless children of God to find the things they have lost, material things, and, more importantly, the things of the spirit: faith, hope, and love. I come to you with confidence; help me in my present need. I recommend what I have lost to your care, in the hope that God will restore it to me, if it is His holy Will. Amen.
It was a long shot and I almost didn't go to the area thinking I would never find it. I didn't find it! Saint Anthony did and I believe he placed it on the cash register. I really do!!!!!
SAINT ANTHONY IS MY MOST FAVORITE ITALIAN SAINT EVER SINCE I WENT TO ST. ANTHONY CHURCH AND SCHOOL IN THE WEST END OF ATLANTA. SAINT ANTHONY HAS MIRACULOUSLY FOUND OTHER THINGS FOR ME OVER THE YEARS!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! SAINT ANTHONY!!!!!! AND ON YOUR FEAST DAY NO LESS AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WHEN I ASKED YOU FOR A MIRACLE WHICH YOU GAVE ME!