I have returned to some Catholic blogging here. This is a slight variation on a post which I wrote for my parish blog. Read on or tune out - the choice is always yours. As always, I hope you stay.
The church gathers on November 1 each year to celebrate All Saints Day, which is coming up this Sunday. (The readings can be found here if you want to pray with them in advance.)
What saints are your personal favorites? Maybe your patron, the saint who inspired your name? Or a saint that has helped you at different times of your life? We discussed this very topic in a small faith sharing gathering last night.
There were many troubled years in which I leaned heavily upon St. Dymphna, when I felt mentally stressed . St. Teresa of Avila has always been a great favorite saint of mine as has St. Therese of the Child Jesus, also known as St. Therese of Lisieux; They were strong women in different ways and this inspired me. St. Francis, my own patron has a special place in my heart. There was a time when I often turned to Blessed Margaret of Castello in great need, because I felt abandoned. Of course there is St. Anthony of Padua... If you are Catholic and of a certain age and have ever lost something, you have called upon him!
As you can see, I could go on and on. Our saints are a beautiful and beloved tradition of the church, they became saints in their humanity, which is so important to remember. The illustration above is from the tapestries of saints that you will find if you go to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. To say that this is a stunning representation of the saints would be an understatement. The first time I saw them there, I wept.
I will close with this Litany of the Saints for you to listen to if you wish. It is so beautiful.
Litany of the Saints - St Marys Music