PRAYER OF SAINT BONAVENTURE TO SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA

Let those who seek for miracles invoke the glorious St. Anthony.
At his word all evils disappear:
death and error, demons and leprosy;
the sick rise up restored to perfect health.

His word and presence calm the troubled seas
and break the captive’s chain,
lost things are found,
and old and young never appeal to him in vain.
Perils are averted, hostilities cease.

If proof be needed of the truth of this,
listen to the testimony of the people of Padua,
eyewitnesses to these wondrous deeds.

St Anthony of Padua,
pray for us.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism