In honor of All Saint’s Day, I thought I’d share some well-known and not-so-well known saints that would be worth getting to know. These saints have been lifted up as examples for us by the church because of their faith, love for God and heroic virtue.
1. St. Joseph. The foster-father of Jesus and husband of Mary is the patron of workers, families and fathers. We need his example in today’s world where families are under (spiritual) attack.
2. St. Jeanne Jugan. I’ve talked about Jeanne Jugan several times before. Her humility, faith and forbearance in difficulties during her lifetime is truly a testimony to God’s goodness. I’m not sure if she is an “official” patron of the elderly, but she should be.
3. St. Jose Maria Escriva. St. Jose Maria is the founder of Opus Dei, a Catholic institution devoted to helping people grow in the relationship with God through their everyday lives. He had written many books in his lifetime and I love his practical, common sense way of lifting the soul up to God in the midst of all that we do in our lives.
4. St. Faustina. Saint Faustina is known as the “Apostle of Mercy” due to her revelations of Jesus and His infinite mercy. If you haven’t done so, you should really read parts or all of her diary, “Divine Mercy in My Soul.”
5. St. Martin de Porres. When I was discerning a vocation, years ago, a sister I knew had great devotion to St. Martin de Porres. She lent me a book about his life and from then on I’ve developed a devotion to him as well. He was one of those saints who practiced severe penances and received extraordinary graces, which most of us are not called to; but, we can imitate his love of prayer, sacrifice and love for the poor. (FYI: His feast day is this Thursday.)
7. St. Vincent de Paul. Did you know that the body of St. Vincent de Paul is somewhat incorrupt? It is and when I lived in France years ago, I was able to pray at his shrine. He is known for his great love for the poor and the St. Vincent de Paul Society continues his work today.
8.St. Agnes. St. Agnes is a great saint for your daughters. She is an example of purity and love of God and gave her life rather than sin!
9. St. Dominic Savio. Where Saint Agnes is a great saint for your daughters, St. Dominic Savio is the saint for your sons. He, too, is an example of great purity and custody of the eyes. He also had a deep devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. His motto: “Death, but not sin!”
10. St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque. Saint Margaret-Mary was the apostle of devotion of the Sacred Heart. She suffered much in her life; and yet, she acted with charity, humility and prayer toward those who persecuted. When we are wronged, especially deeply, it is SO HARD to forgive the person (or persons) who have hurt us. So maybe, besides devotion to the Sacred Heart, prayer and silence, St. Margaret can teach us how to forgive.
(P.S. I purposely left out the Blessed Mother because, well, it should be a given that we honor Mary and try to live by her example!)
Who’s your favorite not-too-well-known saint? Do share in the comments so we can get to know them.
(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday.)