Great question, and one I struggled with too! I am being Confirmed at Easter and had long-ago settled on Therese as a Confirmation name, but kept having wee issues with it. I am a wanna-be Benedictine Oblate, so sort of wanted a Benedictine name, and St. Therese (SUCH a great saint) was a Carmelite. I know, no biggie, but I’m like that :rolleyes:
In choosing a Confirmation name, I had been told to ask any saint I was considering if they were willing to be my Patron Saint. St. Therese was the only one who seemed willing but after a good couple of years of KNOWING I was using Therese as the name, it still didn’t feel right for various reasons :shrug:
Anyway, I had a wee word with St, Therese the night before Ash Wednesday and told her how I felt, that I love her dearly, but…It then occurred to me to find a list of Benedictine saints, so (God bless Google) I did just that - btw, there are a LOT of Benedictine saints!
Lo and behold, I came across St. Elisabeth Rose, a 12th-Century French Benedictine, who founded a convent, and spent her final years as an Anchoress living in a hollow oak tree - as someone with hermit-like longings at times, she REALLY appealed to me!
I asked her if she was willing to be my patron saint, but felt really right about it (even “Rose” as part of her name - that ties in with St.Therese), so I wasn’t overly worried. The next day, Ash Wednesday, after Mass (got a lift as I am no longer drive). Msgr. McDonald (he will be 80 on the 25th and is a WONDERFUL priest!), who is Confirming me at Easter, gave me a wall crucifix of Christ the King and an old Missal that had belonged to a priest. He said he had meant to give them to me when I was received into the Church, but somehow this seemed like the right time! I figured that worked for a sign!
If you want a reformed sinner, there’s always St. Augustine(!), or you could go to my favourite Saints website saints.sqpn.com/ and look at the biographies of names that catch your eye, or the saints for the day of your Birthday…I had always hoped to find an obscure Saint that nobody knows about these days, someone to really put to work(!), and St. Elisabeth Rose seems to be perfect for me in so many ways.