So, we stand at the end of one year, with the new one fast approaching over the horizon, and every unknown joy, challenge, sorrow and opportunity that comes with it. Time, therefore, to dust off the Patron Saints Generator and pick a patron for 2014!
There are thousands of saints out there, many seemingly known only to God, local devotion, directories and the Generator. Whenever I've done this with friends or sisters, someone inevitably ends up with an eccentric mystic, over-zealous ascetic or 1st century martyr of dubious authenticity. I, however, have struck gold each time: in 2012 my patron was St Paul the Apostle and in 2013 it was St Clare of Assisi; zealous and mystical, yes, but highly authentic in every possible way, and saints I was more than happy to have as my patrons. I therefore approached the Generator today resigned to the idea that after two golden years, it would surely be my turn to experience the patronage of someone solemn, unreal or agonisingly martyred.
So I held my breath, clicked and got...
St Anthony of Padua!!!
Feast: June 13 (my late father's birthday)
Patronage: Against Infertility; American Indians; Amputees; Animals; Elderly People; Faith in the Blessed Sacrament; Lost Articles; Mariners; Oppressed People; Pregnant Women; Travellers
Just for fun I decided to try again, and this time I got...
St Catherine of Siena!!!!!
Feast: April 29
Patronage: Against Fire; Against Illness; Against Miscarriages; Against Sexual Temptation; Firefighters; Nurses; Sick People; People Ridiculed for Their Piety
one of my earliest blogposts. She wrote a good many other things as well - maybe (hopefully) her patronage will spur me on to read some of them during the coming year.
Why not try the Generator yourself (click on its full name in the first paragraph) and let me know who you get!