Today, Mary Hallan Fiorito shared the story of how St. Anthony helped her mother find her wedding dress. She only had $100 to spend on the dress and even in 1961, that wasn’t enough:
“St. Anthony’s Bread” is a reference to alms donated for the poor. It is said that St. Anthony loves the poor so much that if one makes an offering to help them, he will do almost anything in return for you. However, as my mother points out, “He works fastest if you pay him up front.” So she took $20 of the money she had with her, placed it in the poor box, and asked St. Anthony to help her find a wedding dress she could afford. The next day, she went back to Marshall Field’s. When she walked in to the bridal salon again, the same clerk greeted her, this time with a large smile. “You’ll never believe it…”
Read the whole story here.
In the Communion of Saints, “the cloud of witnesses” St. Paul writes about (Hebrews 12:1), we Catholics look to those who have gone before us for guidance and for the help of their intercessory prayers. That’s what our patron saints are all about, but these days it seems like an old fashioned idea. Growing up in the Millennial generation, your correspondent has noticed that younger people do not tend to pray to the saints as frequently as the older generations. What do you think?