Patron Saint Selections, 2016

Dear friends,

Firstly, if anyone would still like to participate: you are most welcome. I will continue with the selection for another few days.

Okay. For those who have commented: thank you for your kind words and/or for participating! Here are the results, starting with the first comment:

Lisa H: St. Therese

Rebecca: Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Shelley: St. Faustina

Tommy: Bl. Dom Columba Marmion

Kelly: St. John Paul II
Catherine: Bl. Mother Teresa
Denise: Bl. Dom Columba Marmion

Maryann: Sr. Benigna Consolata Ferrero

Josie: Sr. Benigna Consolata Ferrero

ES: Ven. Marthe Robin
KP: Pope St. John Paul II
BU: Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos
JF: Sr. Mary of the Holy Trinity
RB: St. Padre Pio
LS: St. Francis de Sales
TR: Sr. Gertrude Mary
RR: St. Therese
JC: St. Gemma Galgani
AR: Sr. Mary of the Holy Trinity
KN: St. Crescentia Hoess
MN: Sr. Mary of the Holy Trinity
GN: Fr. Paul of Moll
YN: Sr. Josefa Menendez
BN: Pope St. John Paul II
KR: Sr. Gertrude Mary
JR: Bl. Dom Columba Marmion
NR: Ven. Marthe Robin

Get to know your heavenly friend! A few of these holy souls are lesser known. Try archive.org for Sister Gertrude Mary, St. Crescentia, Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos, Sr. Benigna Consolata, and Fr. Paul of Moll.

Offer at least one Mass in thanksgiving to your new patron and to God. St. Gertrude assures us that this is most pleasing to God and His saints.

Let me know how everything goes!

Jesus, I trust in You!

“Little Soul” Patron Saint for 2016 (“Jubilee of Mercy”)

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Soeur Gertrude-Marie (Sister Gertrude Mary) d. 1908 [This is a shot I took of the photo on her tomb in Angers, France, on December 26, 2015.]

(A quick word: I had an inspiring trip throughout Europe; I will write a little bit about it later. Thank you for your prayers!)

Patron Saint for 2016

Some of you will know of the holy tradition of choosing a patron saint for the year; perhaps some of you already have.

There is good reason to believe that we do not choose our “heavenly friends”; they choose us. This was the belief of Sr. Gertrude Mary, for example, and it is confirmed in the life of St. Faustina and many others.

The thought came to me recently to conduct a patron saint of the year selection of my own; but it will be somewhat unique. This patron saint program (if you could call it that) will include a selection OF “little souls” FOR “little souls.” In other words, the saints or holy souls that I will be choosing from will be little souls i.e. humble, childlike, confident souls…

We are all called to be “little ¬†ones.” The saints are eager to help us; they want us to praise God with them, both here and hereafter. How eagerly must they desire to help us in this “Year of Mercy”, as proclaimed Providentially by Pope Francis I!

**How to Participate**

Simply leave your name (or initials, a pseudonym, or whatever you prefer) in the comments section, and I will announce the results tomorrow. You may leave several names if you wish to request a patron saint for several people.

I will pray very seriously before making these selections, which I will draw from a “hat.”

I encourage you to participate! The more, the merrier!

[Note: The “saints” that I will be choosing from are not necessarily canonized or Blessed etc. They have all been praised for their virtue, however, by many competent – and often holy – authorities. In no manner do I intend to undermine the authority and judgement of holy Mother Church.]

All you Saints and Angels, pray for us!