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St Anthony, St Anthony, Please look around

I am in a muddle. I have put something in “a safe place” which at the time it seemed a very logical, very clever place, and now I can’t find it.

There is an old verse that keeps running through my head.

St. Anthony, St Anthony, please look around,
Something is lost and must be found.


So this morning, I looked up who St. Anthony was, after all, I need his help. St. Anthony was a contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi, and was sometimes called the “hammer of heritics.” He is reputed to be the patron saint of lost things because a valuable book went missing and he prayed for it’s return. As he was praying, the person who had the book saw an apparition of St. Anthony, and quickly returned the missing book, or so the legend goes.

I found this on a Catholic Education Page by Fr. William Saunders where you can find more information on St. Anthony.

November 11, 2007 - Posted by | Family Issues, Humor, Spiritual


  1. *says that verse 5 times*

    I have 5 books missing…well not exactly missing..loaned them to people who have absoultely no intention of returning them.

    As a kid, I also used to have a “safe place” for hiding things but couldn’t remember where when i needed them. so I started writing down where i hid things. About 3 months ago I was going through my box of mementoes and I found a note to myself saying where I had buried my good marbles. (I used to play marbles in the streets :D) This was back in mid 1980s. At that time we were living in Salwa. I have half a mind to go and see if I can dig them up 😀

    Hope you find what you’re looking for 🙂

    Comment by Mirror Polisher | November 11, 2007 | Reply

    • Perhaps you should have stopped loaning books when the first one didn’t come back.

      Comment by Launa Perry | June 25, 2014 | Reply

      • My solution was very different. Now I have two shelves of books I GIVE. People are free to take them, and to pass them along. I love the thought of ideas passing from hand to hand 🙂

        Comment by intlxpatr | June 26, 2014

  2. I’ve misplaced my favorite umbrella – I feel your pain!

    St. Anthony came from Padua (Padova), and there is today a large basilica there dedicated to him. When I stayed with the Abu Owlfishes in Venice after graduating from high school, we spent a day in Padua. The highlight of the church was its relic of St. Anthony: his tongue.

    Tongues don’t age all well, as I recall. His was rather green.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Mirror – LLLLOOOOOLLLLLLL! I am so glad you haven’t permanently lost your marbles! And thank you, I hope so, too!

    Little Diamond – his green tongue! GROSS!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. My lover boy is at large. St Bernard, St. Bernard please help me find him. Either that, or help me at least find my sanity back 🙂

    Comment by Frozen | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  5. When I absolutely can’t find something, I always ask St. Anthony for help and it’s almost like I’m guided to misplaced things. Some people think it’s kind of spooky when they see it happening.. 🙂 Thanks for the link, I’ll be sure to read up on him.

    Comment by Stinni | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. Frozen – good luck with that.

    Stinni – I’m still praying! I stil haven’t found what I am looking for

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 12, 2007 | Reply

  7. In China, we have a practical saying : “If something isn’t here, it must be somewhere.”
    Disclaimer : I haven’t completely lost my marbles yet 🙂

    Comment by Jidda Jerry Turns Taif Terry | November 12, 2007 | Reply


    I’ve lost a goodly number!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 12, 2007 | Reply

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