Financial Security

For those who have lost financial security

The world of St. Anthony was going through a rapid economic transformation. Previously, people had bartered for what they themselves could not produce. With the growth in travel and trade in his era, they began to use money. While that might seem to be a great advancement, it also created and magnified economic differences between the rich and the poor. Many people could not pay their debts and were thrown into debtors' prison where they were mistreated and often died in misery.

St. Anthony arranged for collections of money so that he might rescue these people from their plight. He paid their debts so that they might be set free. He shared what little food the friars had when they begged at his door. He saw the face of God in the poor.

Prayer for oneself:

Please, St. Anthony, I need your help.
I am worried about my finances.
I don't ask to be rich.
I just want to be able to take care of myself and my loved ones.
Help me (insert your personal need here, e.g. find a job, pay off ones debts, etc.).
As you helped those in need in your own days,
so now I ask to you help me now.
Amen.

Prayer for others:

Please, St. Anthony, I ask you to help _______.
He/she is in financial need.
Help him/her (insert the person's need here, e.g. find a job, pay of ones debts, etc.).
As you helped those in need in your own days,
so now help _______________ today.
Amen.

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