So, imagine we're having a heavenly cup of coffee with St. Anthony of Padua (cream, no sugar please...), the conversation might go something like this:
St. Anthony, you are known as a finder of lost objects.¬† What can you tell us about that?
Well,¬†it seems to me that what we¬†look for, what we seek after, is of the utmost importance.¬† What¬†do you search for in your life?¬† Is it financial stability, good health, loving relationships?¬† These things may be important, but all of them can fluctuate at any time during our lives:¬† our finances may be stable or unstable, our health good or bad, our relationships serene or stormy.¬† The one thing that can never change is that which Scripture tells us to search for in Matthew 6:33:¬† "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."¬† First seek God and His will for your life, and when you have found these you will see that the others fall into their proper perspective.
God is constant, and our relationship with God never changes:¬† He always loves us unconditionally. When you are secure in that knowledge,¬†your life will¬†take on new meaning and new joy - a joy that is based on¬†Christ Jesus, and¬†that is something that you can never lose.¬†
St. Anthony, pray for us!¬†