Communion of Saints, John Nava
It is rare that the comments thread of a post ends up generating emails from people telling me that they’ve enjoyed reading it so well, but the comments from this Patron Saint post really have been great to read.
It is remarkable how often the Patron and the pick seem to align meaningfully.
ScottB: After a quick prayer, I was given St. Katharine Drexel. As a wealthy heiress who gave away her inheritence to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, she is the patroness of philanthropists. How perfect!
The focus of my job changed recently. I now work primarily with wealthy donors and businesses to support a charitable project. Since this is a new area both for me and for the company, I have been struggling to figure out how to be successful.
I could not have asked for a more appropriate patron saint, and I look forward to spending some quality time with St. Katharine in this coming year.
zmama:OK – I just picked another saint to intercede for my employers who are about to lose their bakery. I was given Saint Conrad of Piacenza and this is part of what I read “Legend says that when the Bishop of Syracuse visited him, the bishop asked if Conrad had anything to offer his guests. Conrad said he would check in his cell. He returned carrying newly made cakes, which the bishop accepted as a miracle.” I have chills right now reading this.
Gregg the Obscure: St. John Houghton (first of the 40 martyrs of England and Wales). Knew how to hold his tongue, which I ought to do better.
Frank La Rocca: Well this is downright spooky. I was chosen by St. Jude Thaddeus, whose feast day is October 28 – which just happens to be my birthday (and this year will be my 60th!). He, along with St. Francis of Assisi, who is my baptismal saint, is one of the saints I know best from my childhood. This is because my mother always impressed upon me the story of Danny Thomas and the St. Jude hospital he built for children suffering from catastrophic illnesses (in response to a promise he made early in career to “build a shrine” to this patron saint of lost causes, to whom he prayed for help to pay hospital bill when he was penniless).
I don’t know what my lost cause is – yet – but will pray about this in the coming year.
The Communion of Saints: More things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philisophies, etc…
UPDATE: The comments thread over at Jennifer Fulwiler’s Conversion Diary are also great reads. Kind of awesome.