St. Anthony, God blessed you with a loving family to form you in the image and the ideals of Jesus Christ.
From your place in heaven, watch over my family, and help us grow together in faith and in a loving concern for each other.
Strengthen our bonds of family unity when we practice Jesus’ teachings of forgiveness, of selfless service, of putting the love of God and the needs of others first in our lives.
Give us words and ways to express our affection and respect for all in our family, and guide us to work through and resolve all our misunderstandings and disagreements.
“He who is the beginning and the end, the ruler
of the angels, made Himself obedient to human
creatures. The Creator of the Heavens obeys a
carpenter; the God of eternal glory listens to a
poor virgin. Has anyone ever witnessed
anything comparable to this? Let the
philosopher no longer distain from listening
to the common laborer; the wise to the simple;
the educated to the illiterate.”
– St. Anthony of Padua