I feel connected in some way to a huge number of saints, which is good because I’m relatively isolated on earth right now so it’s nice having a big spiritual family who are always around. Some of them are connected because my parents had a devotion to them, some of them are saints I chose myself as my confirmation saint or because their lives intrigued me in some way.
The saint I can probably relate to the most, life-wise and personality-wise, is St. Teresa of Avila. I didn’t “discover” her until a pilgrimage to Spain a couple years back so I’m just getting to know her.
A lot of the saints I like the most are people “on the path” to sainthood who aren’t fully canonized yet. Servant of God Rhoda Wise looks almost exactly like my ex-boyfriend’s mother, to the point where I tried to see on Ancestry if they were relations because they were from the same geographical area, but I hit a dead end. I think of Mother Angelica as being my friend. Blessed Jerzy Popieluszcko was a favorite of my father when both of them were alive; Dad would watch the reports about Poland on the news and talk about Jerzy at dinner, and Blessed Jerzy ended up being martyred on my 21st birthday. I discovered Blessed Miguel Pro many decades ago when someone left a children’s book about him in the adoration chapel my mother made me go to with her. I had never heard of the Cristero War before that.
I found several saints or “people on the path” to be pretty annoying when I first read their writings. St. Therese of Lisieux especially. I have come to understand that the edition of her autobiography I read that was published back in the 30s or something was likely not a true picture of her personality due to editing/ rewriting by her family after her death.