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The Saints are an incredible gift of the Church.

Nov 3, 2016

The Saints are an incredible gift of the Church. They are our heavenly family. Many of them have walked where we walk, and they have lived life’s struggles just like us. The best part is they share in the desire to help us reach heaven.

Just like the popular saying, “You don’t choose your family, they choose you.” Same goes for the Church that we do not choose our saints; they choose us. But as in all things, we allow the Holy Spirit to work more fully when we cooperate with God’s grace. To do this, we must keep an open mind and heart, and prayerfully listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Here are several ways to pray on it-

1. Think about your vocation or station in life. What do you see yourself doing or way of living to glorify God? Ask yourself, “How is God asking me to serve Him?”

Prayer Partner Suggestion: St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, St. Anne is the patron saint of mother and homemakers.

2. What is your occupation? Sometimes we need prayer and intercession for the work we do, especially when it gets tiresome, trying, or when you are not feeling the fruits of your labors.

Prayer Partner Suggestion: St. Matthew is the patron saint of accountants, St. Michael is the patron saint of police officers, St. Catherine of Siena is the patron saint of nurses, St. Joan of Arc is the patron saint over the military, St. Gregory is the patron saint over teachers.

3. How about your special interests or hobbies? There are patron saints for just about any sport, hobby or interest.

Prayer Partner Suggestions: St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint over animals, St. Cecilia is over music, St. Luke is over painters, St. Theresa of Lisieux is over florists/gardeners

4. Maybe you are currently experiencing struggles or challenging experiences? Life throws us all kinds of experiences. Whether it be an illness, lack of employment or being under employed, loss of an article,

an exam or travel, there is a patron saint waiting to pray with you and intercede for you on your behalf. The great thing about saints is that they have real life experiences just like us. Finding a patron saint that has walked a similar journey creates a special bond or closeness with us. Reminding us again that we never walk alone.

Prayer Partner Suggestions: St. Monica can help us with difficult marriages and wayward children, call on St. Joseph of Cupertino for exams and studies, St. Christopher loves to prater for our new drivers and travelers.

5. Still looking for a Patron Saint Prayer Partner? PRAY! Pray to the Holy Spirit to guide you to a new prayer partner. You might be surprised at who is already praying for you!

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