Today’s Quick Takes: Saints and Stuff
My patron saint for 2012 is Blessed Titus Brandsma. Jen from Conversion Diary created this great patron saint generator. You should check it out. I don’t know too much about Blessed Titus, but I’m looking forward to getting to know him better.
My favorite saint has always been Therese of Lisieux. I love her littleness. I was originally introduced to her when I was a Girl Scout. My best friend Theresa and I went on a retreat as part of the process of earning the I Live My Faith medal. It was my first retreat ever. What I chiefly remember about the retreat was learning that St. Therese begged to receive her First Holy Communion at a young age, and to enter the convent at an early age, that Our Lady appeared to Blessed (now Saint) Juan Diego at Guadalupe, and that there was a girl there who wasn’t Catholic. I guess she was just going along with the rest of her troop.
When I was received into the Lay Fraternity of Saint Dominic, I took the name of the Biblical Saint Martha as my name in religion. I hemmed and hawed about who to choose and eventually chose Saint Martha, first of all as a reminder to learn to be more like her sister Mary… That doesn’t sound right. What I mean is, I am prone to getting caught up in the work at hand, and forgetting to sit at Jesus’ feet. Also, Saint Martha was audacious in her faith that Jesus was the Christ.
Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.”
John 11:21-27 RSV
My Confirmation Saint is Saint Gabriel the Archangel. I had a vague idea of wanting to be a messenger like Saint Gabriel, and I liked the name Gabriela. That probably wasn’t the best reason to choose a Saint, but I was sixteen. I can’t really explain it any other way. Today I am very attracted to paintings of the Annunciation, perhaps through Saint Gabriel’s patronage.
We have been working with a skeleton crew in the office this week. Because it has been so quiet, the director in charge let me go home early yesterday. I’d like to say I used the extra hour for something productive, but the truth is I went home and sat on the sofa with my laptop for an hour. Maybe that was what I needed.
One more batch of cookies and my Christmas baking will be done. That sounds silly, considering it is the sixth day of Christmas, but this weekend is our Christmas celebration with my parents, siblings, siblings-in-law and nephews. I’m looking forward to the time I get to spend with them tomorrow.
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I am torn on whether it is a good idea or just setting oneself up for failure. I always try to eat healthier and exercise more starting in January, if only to lose the weight I gained from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but I don’t really see that as a resolution, just self-preservation.
Happy New Year!
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