Are there catholic saints that you identify with or relate to ?
When I reverted back to the Church, two main points really moved me along. The first was looking back to the early church and their writings; that provided the historical evidence that cleared the way for me to look deeper into individual doctrines. The second was the witness of the saints, specifically their spiritual lives. I had a long affair with Buddhism, Hinduism and even Hasidic Judaism, and I was always attracted to the monks and holy men of those respective traditions. I spent 5 years in the other side of the Tiber as a Protestant and I really missed the “monastic” flavor I had picked up from Eastern philosophies and Judaism. Now I always had a great respect for the Jesuits and I actually knew a lot about St. Robert Bellarmine (my name is Robert and I wore a St. Robert medal for years) so my study of saints and religious orders began with St. Ignatius of Loyola. It was his exercises and writing that nailed the case shut for Catholicism- I’d been pretty convinced by history, but then I needed to see how actually practicing Catholcism played out in my life as a father, husband etc. I’ve had a personal devotion to St. Ignatius since then (I took him as my Confirmation saint) and I use Ignatian Spirituality daily. I feel a real kinship with him and I consider him to be both a spiritual brother and father.
Saint Benedict of Nursia.
St. Thomas More
Well it does seem that you were seeking a spiritual family. to be a part of the family of God that Scott Hahn teaches on . and st ignious teaches personal despline . personal behavior. And mental displine . for the purpose of spiritual advancement.
St. Paul in the sense that before I was Catholic, I had been very open and vocal about my hate towards anything Catholic. St. Benedict in the sense that, for reasons in which I still do now know today, I have always felt a strong desire to leave everything behind and live in a way where every aspect of my life is directly connected to God. St. Padre Pio in the way that he remained faithful to God, despite being wrongfully persecuted by the Church.
Edit: Sorry. I meant to reply to the entire post in general.
Well it seems to me that st Paul. Was always praying that the church would . have their eyes of there understanding would be enlightened.
St. Teresa of Avila for her battle with lukewarmness and saintliness. I have moments where I strongly desire to follow God to a T, then there are moments where my will is weak. I also admire St. Augustine for his amazing conversion and strong will.
St. Therese de Lisieux.
Saint Philomena is the one who guided me towards Catholicism when I was 12 or 13, about the same age as her at the time of her martyrdom.
St Albert the Great, patron of natural science, and St Brenden the Navigator, patron to sailors…
…and very thankful to Mother Mary, St Joseph, St Rita, St Philomena and many more for prayers answered!
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