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A saint for the year (program generates a personal saint for the year) [Catholic Caucus]
Conversion Diary ^ | January 2, 2013 | JENNIFER FULWILER

Posted on 01/02/2013 9:48:48 AM PST by NYer

A saint for the year

It’s that time of year again! I just used my little Saint’s Name Generator program to have a saint chosen at random to be my patron for the year. So, umm, should I be concerned that this is who I got?

st michael archangel A saint for the year

St. Michael the Archangel
Patron of (among other things): people in danger at sea, ambulance drivers, bankers, dying people, the sick, swordsmiths
(What on earth does God have in store for me this year?)

Click here if you’d like the generator to choose a saint for you! Note that you have to click twice to get your saint (I wanted to throw in a little pause for prayer). There are around 275 saints in the database so far, about an even mix of men and women.

I absolutely love hearing about the saints that other folks have chosen for them. Leave a comment and let me know which saint decided to be your patron for 2013!


TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: saints
For Non Catholic Visitors

The Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us. Thus in Psalms 103, we pray, "Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!" (Ps. 103:20-21). And in Psalms 148 we pray, "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!" (Ps. 148:1-2).

Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of Revelation, we read: "[An] angel came and stood at the altar [in heaven] with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God" (Rev. 8:3-4).

And those in heaven who offer to God our prayers aren’t just angels, but humans as well. John sees that "the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8). The simple fact is, as this passage shows: The saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth.

1 posted on 01/02/2013 9:48:54 AM PST by NYer
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To: NYer

Bookmarking for later - work firewall blocking it (go figure)...


2 posted on 01/02/2013 9:52:05 AM PST by COBOL2Java (kak-is-toc-ra-cy: Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens. See: GOP-e)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
The generator graciously sent me:


Saint Jane of Valois


3 posted on 01/02/2013 9:52:22 AM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: NYer

Cool - I got Father Pro, one of the Mexican martyrs.


4 posted on 01/02/2013 9:55:27 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: NYer
"Concerned"???

It's a random number.

A roll of the dice.

A spin of the wheel.

Actually, it's probably a pseudo-random number, therefore completely predictable if you know the algorithm and the seed ...

So in reality, Linus Torvalds is out to get you.

5 posted on 01/02/2013 9:58:02 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer

No thanks, it sounds like an Ouija board to pick saints. I’ve been able to find plenty of applicable saints through Salvation’s posts.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 10:02:15 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: NYer

Cool...I got St Leonard of Port Maurizio. He was a great proponent of the Stations of the Cross, as am I. That sounds wrong...I’m not a great promoter of anything but I have a great devotion to the Stations.


7 posted on 01/02/2013 10:05:36 AM PST by pgkdan (Does America have a Cassius Chaerea?)
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To: COBOL2Java

I got St. Joseph Calasanz... patronage of school children and college/universities. Pretty cool!


8 posted on 01/02/2013 10:08:49 AM PST by momtothree
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To: steve86

It’s not a Ouija Board of any sort. It’s a harmless little thing that may inspire some to get to know a Saint or two that they didn’t know before. Any study of the Lives of teh Saints can be edifying.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 10:11:07 AM PST by pgkdan (Does America have a Cassius Chaerea?)
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To: NYer
I chose Michael as my Confirmation name many years ago.

My Godfather was my Uncle Mike.

You did well, NYer!

10 posted on 01/02/2013 10:20:30 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: NYer

I got St. Claude de la Colombiere which is very good. His memorial day is Feb 15 which is 2 days before my birthday. He became venerated on Aug 11 1901 which is twenty years to the day before my dad’s birthday.
He is the patron saint of toymakers and I have been making and designing little stuffed toys with my granddaughter this year.


11 posted on 01/02/2013 10:25:40 AM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: pgkdan

My own opinion is that there is no place for randomness or quasi-randomness in religious study. It may seem harmless and insignificant to you but the parlour game aura seems irreverent to me. Let the Holy Spirit guide you.


12 posted on 01/02/2013 10:30:53 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: ArrogantBustard; steve86

You are right. I did it twice and got two different names.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 11:36:28 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: steve86
No thanks, it sounds like an Ouija board to pick saints. I’ve been able to find plenty of applicable saints through Salvation’s posts.

Perhaps more like a lottery than a ouija board but, I understand the feeling. Yes, Salvation has done an outstanding job of introducing us to the saints. Another excellent source is Bob and Penny Lord's "Super Saints" program on EWTN. This husband and wife have visited the birthplaces of hundreds of saints and blesseds and brought their stories to life.

Since this is a new year, I would like to introduce you to a holy man I met through EWTN.

Fr. Solanus Casey, Capuchin Franciscan, was born Bernard Francis Casey on November 25, 1870 on a farm near Oak Grove, Wisconsin. He was the sixth child in a family of ten boys and six girls born to Irish immigrant parents.

At the age of 21 Bernard entered St. Francis High School Seminary in Milwaukee to study for the diocesan priesthood. Five years later he contemplated a religious order. Invested in the Capuchin Order at Detroit in 1897, he received the religious name of Solanus.

After his ordination in 1904, Fr. Solanus spent 20 years in New York, Harlem, and Yonkers. In 1924 he was assigned to St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit where he worked for 20 years. Because he ranked only in the lower half of his class, his teachers recommended that his priestly office be severely restricted. He could say mass but was not permitted to expound from the pulpit on dogma. He was not allowed to hear confessions except under emergency circumstances.

Fr. Solanus spent his life in the service of people. At the monastery door as porter he met thousands of people from every age and walk of life and earned recognition as "The Doorkeeper." He was always ready to listen to anyone at any time, day or night.

During his 21 years as porter at St. Bonaventure, he filled seven notebooks with more than 6,000 requests for help from petitioners. And to some 700 of these he recorded reported cures from cancer, leukemia, tuberculosis, diphtheria, arthritis, blindness, and other maladies. These brief postscripts also report conversions of fallen-away churchgoers and favorable resolutions of domestic and business problems.

During his final illness, he remarked, "I'm offering my suffering that all might be one. If only I could see the conversion of the whole world." His last conscious act was sitting up in bed and saying, "I give my soul to Jesus Christ." He died at the age of 86 on July 31, 1957 at the same day and hour of his First Holy Mass 53 years earlier.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II declared him “venerable,” the second of four steps on the path to sainthood. The third step is beatification, and the fourth, canonization, would make Father Solanus the first American-born male saint.

Perhaps you can benefit from this venerable's intercession. He could certainly benefit from your prayers, as well. Happy New Year!

14 posted on 01/02/2013 12:04:38 PM PST by NYer ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." --Jeremiah 1:5)
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To: steve86

“...there is no place for randomness or quasi-randomness in religious study.”

Haven’t you ever randomly opened the bible and started reading? I have. It didn’t seem particularly irrevrent to me, but if it leads you to sin, by all means DON’T!


15 posted on 01/02/2013 12:12:51 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Owl558

The Holy Spirit may be guiding your hands there — no problem.

The game seems unbecoming to me.


16 posted on 01/02/2013 12:14:29 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: NYer

On my way out, will pay close attention when I get back. Thanks!


17 posted on 01/02/2013 12:16:39 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: NYer

I will pray both for the Venerable Fr. Casey’s beatification and canonization, as well as ask his intentions for my wife’s daughter, who is very ill and impoverished yet two weeks away or less from giving birth to a little girl, yet is in danger of losing all her kids due to circumstances (no malfeasance whatsoever on her part and she is Catholic).

OK, if anyone else reading wants to offer a prayer via any saint, even one picked by the silly game, go for it.


18 posted on 01/02/2013 1:30:47 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

Blessed Father Pro and all the martyrs of Mexico, pray to the Lord, for whose sake you suffered torture and death, that He will pour out every divine grace upon Steve’s family. Amen.


19 posted on 01/02/2013 1:40:25 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: Tax-chick

Thank you. Very bad situation over there.


20 posted on 01/02/2013 1:42:57 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

Mexicans are very spiritual people. I’m sure Father Pro and his companions are happy to pray for you! (And I will, too ;-).


21 posted on 01/02/2013 1:59:40 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: Tax-chick

Anything even remotely connected to Our Lady of Guadalupe is fine by me. There is a Mexican Pentecostal lady next door, not exactly here in a documented fashion, who is offering prayers also. Accepted!


22 posted on 01/02/2013 2:14:25 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

We have a Spanish-speaking charismatic group in our parish. I get to their meetings and vigils when I can. I’m the only one in my family who speaks Spanish, so I can’t drag them along and tell them it’s good for them!


23 posted on 01/02/2013 2:32:19 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: Tax-chick

St. Dorothy of Montau
Feast: October 30

Patronage: Brides; Death of Children; Difficult Marriages; Parents of Large Families; Widows

I would rather not get married this year so I’ll just pass on this.


24 posted on 01/02/2013 4:40:11 PM PST by Anoreth (It's not a great party until someone loses rank.)
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To: Anoreth

You could ask St. Dorothy to pray for brides, dead children, etc.


25 posted on 01/02/2013 5:28:55 PM PST by Tax-chick (I'm not crazy ... I'm just not you.)
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To: NYer

I received St. Martin de Porres... which delights me since I am a member of St. Martin de Porres parish!


26 posted on 01/02/2013 5:31:57 PM PST by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: NYer

Wow! My result stunned me:

St. Joan of Arc

Feast: May 30

Patronage: Captives; Martyrs; People Ridiculed for Their Piety; Prisoners; Rape Victims; Soldiers; Women’s Army Corps

I love this!


27 posted on 01/02/2013 6:27:49 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: steve86

I will add your family to my rosary this evening.


28 posted on 01/02/2013 6:29:15 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: NYer

I’m touched by the story you shared about Fr Casey. His cause for canonization is in my prayers. Thanks for sharing.


29 posted on 01/02/2013 6:30:45 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Thank you very much. The mother is seeing doctors every other day, sometimes every day, and fortunately the father of the unborn baby is helpful and is driving her to the appointments, even though he is having to practically beg for gasoline from various places.


30 posted on 01/02/2013 7:05:51 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: NYer

Even though I initially was mildly critical of this parlour game approach to learning about the saints, it is still generating prayers for my relatives!

Taught me a lesson: Keep quiet next time. God knows what He’s doing!

I’m actually tempted to run it once myself but haven’t quite managed that yet.


31 posted on 02/03/2013 4:38:22 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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