My town has a traditionalist attitude, especially when it comes to religious practices.
For most of my life, I’ve participated in activities of devotion to the town’s patron, St. Anthony of Padua.
I got this excerpt about St. Anthony from the St. Anthony.org website:
St. Anthony of Padua is one of the Catholic Church’s most popular saints. Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus—or a lily—or a book—or all three—in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony.
St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small, and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God.
St Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome.
Going for daily novena masses in devotion to St. Anthony is a good way for me to get in touch with my faith, and to cherish the traditions of our community. My uncle drove the pick-up truck that St. Anthony was on (a local organization decorated it with flowers).