There are many Holy men and women that have come before me. Many crazy ones, too. I am hoping hard for the former. The Church has dubbed these folks “saints” and they are people we ask to pray or intercede for us, just like when you have a hardship you ask your friends and family to shout out a quick prayer to the Lord, we can also ask the Holy People up in heaven to pray. This is a somewhat forgotten biblical concept.
One charge made against it is that the saints in heaven cannot even hear our prayers, making it useless to ask for their intercession. However, this is not true. As Scripture indicates, those in heaven are aware of the prayers of those on earth. This can be seen, for example, in Revelation 5:8, where John depicts the saints in heaven offering our prayers to God under the form of “golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” But if the saints in heaven are offering our prayers to God, then they must be aware of our prayers. They are aware of our petitions and present them to God by interceding for us. (Catholic Answers).
We all have our favorites, and Saints are no exception. We love Saint Joseph, cause (duh) he’s the patron of Carpenters! BTW- if you haven’t checked out my sweeties website, you totally should. http://www.thomasonbrotherscarpentry.com We also really love Saint Francis because of his passion and fervor, and Francis is my Honey’s middle name, and our second daughter’s middle name as well. I’m pretty much walking around the house mumbling “Make me an instrument of your peace,” these days as we are expecting kittens any minute! He is known for preaching to animals when there were no people around! And lest we not forget to pray for Him- our new Pope is Francis! We love Katherine Drexel because of her amazing generosity, she was a very wealthy woman who chose to use her wealth to open schools for Blacks and Native Americans because she saw there was a need. Not an easy business to go into, and I’m pretty sure we will never really understand the sacrifices she made to get those forgotten and ignored kids into school. Oh, and my middle name is Katherine, and so is Cana’s! Gosh, we like to recycle those middles don’t we!? On our list of favorites would be Padre Pio. He is our car hero! Every time we get in a fix with our car situation we offer a prayer, asking Pio, who as daughter Judah pointed out, “lived when there were cars!” to give us some help, we see immediate results! When our Suburban dropped its engine on the highway after a late basketball game, we asked Pio to go before the throne of God for an afordable car for us, and literally less than 5 seconds later my husband sent me a picture of the van we now proudly call our own, except when it dies, like the other day. We were officially “stuck at home.” Dad and Eva went to get the battery checked, it was fine, so they thought maybe we should try to replace the starter. Sounds like no big deal, unless you are me. I love cars, I’ve just never been quite the genius when it comes to fixing them or, shoot even basic upkeep. So, Honey went ahead and tried to install the thing himself to save money. Here’s me, saying to Padre Pio: “You can’t leave it like this! You helped get us this van, and now it’s just going to DIE?!” I kid you not, less than a minute later, Abel and Eva were yelling and shouting, they had successfully installed the starter, and it worked! A miracle!
Other Saints we love: Saint Jude, sounds like Judah, patron of impossible causes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mira’s personal favorite, patron of the Americas and the unborn, Saint Dominic, Siah was born on his Feast, he is known for starting the rosary (which for those of you who don’t know is simply a prayer that guides you through the life of Christ, and no we don’t worship Mary! for more info:http://www.catholicity.com/prayer/rosary.html ), Saint Martin DePorres , he was born of a Black mom and White dad, so I ask him to send some love and prayers Adams way! And now I bet you’re wondering about little Anya- who is her patron? I thought you’d never ask- her middle name is Therese, after the Little flower. I find Therese’s story very humbling, and I love her “Little Way,” the idea that we can do wonderful works for the people around us, without them even noticing, and it can bless them. It’s very inspirational for a loudmouth like myself to try to do small things with great love. It is a challenge I am putting before myself, one that I haven’t been successful at yet, but God can do a lot with a willing heart. I leave you with this sweet prayer from Saint Therese.
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”
― Thérèse de Lisieux