By: David Day
St. Anthony came to me while in graduate school in Austin Texas. I had prayed a novena to Him to help find work and to help start my adult life responsibly. After a job interview, I went to gas my car, and a thin man suddenly appeared, asking for a ride to a relative's house. Somehow, I trusted him and wanted more than anything to help him. He was a vietnam vet named Anthony who was rebuilding his life. He said strange things like "Austin always gives one a hand up" and "Your cup is empty until you give fully". At his destination, he hugged me, closed the door, and simply disappeared visually. His hug relieved all my worries and stress, and I broke into tears of joy. I drove to the nearest church (it was late at night) and found an open chapel, thanking God and rededicating my life to Good. I got home to find a message that I had received the job. I went to mark the day on my Catholic calendar and saw that the next day was June 13, 1991 - the feast of Saint Anthony of Padova.
Some may never see with earthly eyes these heavenly beings or know that they exist. Many are unaware of the numerous ways they have protected and guided us. We would like to share with you the stories of people who take pleasure in expressing how real angels are.
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By Jennifer Hartline
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