Emailing petitions to St. Anthony

Emailing petitions to St. Anthony

Is an emailed petition to a saint the same as one you hand-write and lay at the shrine of the saint? That’s the question that comes to mind when I read that Catholic Croats are sending emails to be taken to the shrine of St. Anthony of Padua.

E-mails can be sent to Veritas, a religious magazine, whose Web site has a link called “Dear St. Anthony”, which contains a prayer form for worshippers to fill in, the Jutarnji List newspaper said on Wednesday.

Veritas editor, Father Ivan Bradaric, then collects and takes them to the Italian city of Padua, where St. Anthony, a 13th century Franciscan, was buried. His remains are still venerated in a local basilica, a famous pilgrimage site.

I don’t see why not. It’s not like they’re going out into the ether. They are being turned into a permanent format for delivery to the shrine, which I think is important. It is the intent of the prayer that matters, but for the sake of the faithful making them, I think the physical form matters.

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  • You can also email petitions to Lourdes directly to the shrine’s website.  They place the prayer intentions in the grotto.  I did this once and the speed with which my prayer request was answered was spooky!

  • I would think the point of “placing the request at the shrine” has more to do with pilgrimage, but this is at least the same as submitting a request via mail.