This is one of those random thoughts that came to my mind as I was going about my day. I was thinking about the saints and I started to recall some of my favorites – the saints that I pray to often and whom I wish I had known while they were on earth. Then it came to mind that this would be a fun Top Ten Tuesday post to share. In no particular order, here are some saints who fascinate me and whom I can’t wait to meet (I’m not including Our Lord or the Blessed Mother, as they are a given!):
1. St. Joseph. I had to put St. Joseph first on the list because he is truly my all-time favorite saint and I have great devotion to him. Not only is he the husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus, he has never let me down. His feast days are March 19 (St. Joseph, husband of Mary) and May 1 (St Joseph the Worker).
2. St. Peter. I love St. Peter! Yes, he was our first Pope; however, when I read about him in the bible I can relate to his humanness. St. Peter shares his feast day on June 29 with St. Paul.
3. St. Paul. There’s not a lot I can say about St. Paul. He’s awesome and someone I can’t wait to meet for sure. St. Paul shares his feast day on June 29 with St. Peter.
4. St. Josemaria Escriva. St. Josemaria is the founder of Opus Dei. I had “adopted” him as my spiritual father several years ago because I appreciate his practical nature that comes through his many writings. His feast day is June 26.
5. St. Martin de Porres. I was introduced to St. Martin de Porres by a sister back when I was discerning a vocation. He grew up poor and had a great charity and love for the poor. He is a wonderful example of prayer and holiness. His feast day in November 3.
6. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. St. Margaret was an apostle to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, one of my favorite devotions. She suffered much in her life and yet prevailed in great virtue. Her feast day is October 17.
7. St. Faustina. The apostle of Mercy, St. Faustina, is pretty well-known, so not much introduction is needed. I have relied on her intercession many times and I look forward to seeing her in heaven. St. Faustina’s feast day is October 5.
8. St. Monica. Oh, St. Monica is a wonderful model of perseverance! For many years she prayed for the conversion of her son, St. Augustine and her own husband. She encourages me when I get sad or discouraged about the family members who are far from the Lord. Her feast day is August 27.
10. St. Bridget of Sweden. St. Bridget had great devotion to the passion of Our Lord and it is from her that we get the controversal 15 Prayers. She is known for great visions but what I admire is her said devotion to the passion of Our Lord and her example of prayer. St. Bridget’s feast day is July 23.
I have to say it was hard just picking just ten! I could probably do a top 100 list of saints I want to meet – and I probably will do another one of these lists. Til then it’s your turn. Who are some the saints you can’t wait to meet when you get to heaven?
(Linked also to Saints and Scripture Sundays.)