St. Anthony

Track workout today, I was thinking about names.

We have a son. We named him Anthony. If you read these posts you know that Grumpy had a way of convincing everyone around him what he thought were good names for babies. One of my fondest memories growing up was trying to guess what gender the baby was going to be. My spouse and I agreed that not knowing whether you would be blessed with a boy or girl until they made their dramatic arrival was one of life’s great surprises. While Grumpy was a parishioner at St. Patrick’s on Sunday, he frequently went to St. Peter’s on Madison Street during the week. St Peter’s Church has a shrine to St. Anthony and I suspect that Grumpy lit a candle at this shrine many days. He was probably praying that his own children would not get “lost”.

My wife insisted we would have a girl. She was so convinced that I was given naming rights if it was a boy, she would get to name the baby if it was a girl. Upon his birth, the drama culminated with everyone asking me the gender of our child. I joyously responded “It’s an Anthony!” Thanks Grumpy, you have had a very positive influence on my family in every way. I just asked him and he loves his name, Anthony James.

I got to the turnaround point yesterday and the pole was gone. The future path will keep going for almost 100 miles. I think Grumpy is looking out for me! Favorite song today, Just The Way You Are performed by Barry White.

No more turnaround pole.

No more turnaround pole.

One thought on “St. Anthony

  1. St. Anthony is Dad’s favorite. He’s turned to him many times for “lost” causes, lost rings, etc. I found the following prayer that is appropriate now for Dad.

    Compassionate St. Anthony, you are called the “Miracle Worker” by those who have been blessed by your special friendship. I ask you to look with favor on Jim who is weak and failing.
    Great St. Anthony, come to the assistance of Jim. Obtain for him health in mind and body, and the strength to accept all suffering in union with Christ, our Savior.
    Loving St. Anthony, console all those who are afflicted, and guide them to the heart of the Divine Physician, where they will obtain compassion, mercy and hope. Amen.


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