Dec 27, 2010

Saint for the Year


A common tradition across many houses of religious is the tradition of each member of the community getting an annual patron saint; something which has become also very popular among catholic bloggers. Now one of the experts on patron saints for the strange and wonderful is Sr Mary-Martha over at Ask Sr Mary Martha, a real knowledgeable guide to our celestial friends.

Well over at Conversion Diary, Jennifer Fulwiler has come up with a nifty little web-thingy (for those of us who are web illiterate) which randomly generates a Saints name for you:

"Why would you want to choose a saint’s name at random?

I got the idea from the “saint for the year” devotion, where people have a patron saint for the new year chosen for them at random (usually by a priest or religious, who prays over each choice). I’ve had saints chosen for me this way before, and it’s always been a great experience. E.g. In 2007 St. Maximilian Kolbe was picked as my patron for the year. I wasn’t familiar with him before that, but his life ended up inspiring me tremendously all throughout the year, and I still ask him for prayers for all sorts of matters. He’s become one of my favorite saints.

I thought this might be a fun little tool for anyone else looking to select a saint at random to be a patron for a particular cause or time period. If nothing else, you might get to “meet” some new holy men and women. I had so much fun working on this, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!"

Check it out and let us know what saint you get!