I’ve been reading the CCC and attending Mass for almost 5 months.
I’ve been on this site for just about as long, getting ALL my questions answered so far.
I am validly baptised Baptist, and am a Candidate in RCIA.
RCIA just started (3weeks ago), and they’re great at explaining things to me, but I have a question that hasn’t come up in class yet.
I’d heard of choosing a Saint, and vaguely heard something about taking that name as part of yours at Confirmation? I know that the Saint will intercede for you, and that it generally happens that the Saint seemingly picks you. Just recently I read that your Saint should be the same gender as you…which brings me to my problem:
I am terribly fond of Saint Augustine of Hippo, but I’m not a guy. I’ve read about a lot of female Saints, but none of them affect me like Saint Augustine. My life story isn’t exactly like his, but it really stands out to me because I’m kind of the black sheep in my family in that the rest of them live…well, more like he did. He seems to put things in a matter-of-fact way, and uses humor and common sense to get his point across. I can be reading a random book and like a quote, and it turns out Saint Augustine is the one that said it. (It’s happend many times, reading the newspaper, novels, magazines…)
My first few jobs were in mental and behavioral health, working with drug and alcohol rehabilitation and then with teenagers with behavioral and psychological disorders. My family history reads like a textbook on those subjects. When I was younger my family nicknamed me “the Warden” because I was the one keeping them in check. Now I work in law enforcement so I think it’s funny that it showed in my personality way back then. Also,being blessed as a middle child, I learned how to mediate and how to use humor and common sense to keep conversations at a simmer, so I really admire that about him.
I will talk to my Priest and DRE about this, but I’d like to know a little about it before going into the conversation blind…
What’s the basic process of Confirmation from a Candidate?
Do I really pick a Saint, or is that for Cradle Catholics?
Do I have to choose a female?
Any female suggestions? (I don’t favor Saint Dymphna)