As parents we need all the help we can get and a lot of time I find myself calling upon our faithful, loving saints in Heaven for their intercession to help Linda and I get through the day! Intercessory prayer has been revealed to us in Sacred Scripture and passed down throughout the centuries from one generation of Catholics to the next.
We’ve been teaching our boys lately about the power of these intercessions and a great one to start out with is probably the most famous Catholic intercessory prayer of them all; the prayer for lost things to St. Anthony of Padua, the patron of lost things. Every day, multiple times a day, the children are losing their favorite toys and each time they come to me asking where there toy is. I quickly remind the children that Daddy can’t remember what happened an hour ago, let alone where their toy is that they played with five days ago in the war-torn ravages of the house! Since we home school and every moment is a learning opportunity, Linda and I started introducing them to St. Anthony and intercession with the saints! We’d say, “Let’s ask St. Anthony, he will help us find anything!” The children at first didn’t understand it but as we took time to explain why we asked the saints, they went along with it and time and time again as St. Anthony never failed in finding the lost toy, the boys witnessed the power of our heavenly friends! The St. Anthony prayer goes like this:
Tony, Tony, come around, something’s lost that needs to be found! [State your petition]
After the prayer we all break up and search the battle field, I mean, the house, and look for what we have lost and so far we have found everything we have asked for, usually in record time!
Thankfully, the children lose their toys so much that we have a chance to say this prayer several times a week and now they’re to the point where they suggest the prayer! It’s so wonderful to hear our little 4 year old Eli pipe up when one of his brothers loses something saying, “I know, let’s ask St. Anthony!” He did it even today as I was writing this!
During Catechism this past week, we have been studying about angels and were discussing St. Michael the Archangel and how Pope Leo XIII composed the St. Michael the Archangel Prayer asking for his intercession for the Church after his terrible vision he experienced between God and Satan at which Satan told God he could destroy His Church granted he had enough time and God granted him the time to try.
As I was working the other day on a software bug I was trying to squash, Noah came down and asked what I was doing. I informed him I was stuck on a bug and the first thing he said was, “Daddy, why don’t you ask St. Michael for help?” “What a brilliant idea!” I exclaimed! A few minutes later, the bug was fixed!
Our children at an early age now understand that they have powerful friends in Heaven and while not all prayers may be answered according to our will, they will learn over time as they grow up and face the evils of this world that they have a multitude of saints in heaven ready to help them overcome anything!