Who's Your Favorite Saint & 1 Thing You Admire

Since this weekend is the Feast of All Saints, I was wondering if you wouldn’t tell me who one of your favorite saints is and one thing in particular you admire about them and might hope to try and emulate in your own life.

Thanks!!

P.S. Approximate time and place might be a good thing to mention, too.

St. Joseph: I admire and would like to emulate his genuine and total devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Cool idea for a thread, JamalChristophr!:thumbsup:

I love Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and consider her a friend. I admire her writing itself most of all, and I actually do seek to emulate it. I mean, I admire her life and ideas, but I’m talking about specifically about the writing itself. I took my Exiled Child moniker from one of her poems.

St. Francis - his humility & the seeing of Jesus in all creation.

I really love St. Catherine of Siena. She was so very closely united with Jesus and she prayed alot for other souls interceding for them so that they would not be forever lost. She had a great love for her neighbor out of love for Christ. She had amazing fortitude and yet was quite human at the same time. Read her biography! Please pray for all of us today, Catherine, here at CAF! :slight_smile: Thanks.

I’ve fallen in love with St. Francis Xavier. I greatly admire his missionary work and abandonment to God’s Will!

Like Exiled Child, my favorite saint is St. Therese of Lisieux, (Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower.) I was struck most by how humble she was and that she did not seek to be in the spotlight but preferred “hidden sacrifice.” My favorite quote of hers is: “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”

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Also St. Joseph. I admire that he doesn’t need to say anything (a saintly Introvert!), but discerns God’s will and acts without hesitation.

If I could have a second, I would say St. Nicholas, because he slaps heretics. :stuck_out_tongue:

What a hard question.

It has to be St. Thomas More, known to my generation primarily through Paul Schofield ’ s performance in the film ‘A Man for All Seasons.’ Just as he pointed the way to conversion aalmost 35 years ago, so his witness moved me back to affirmation of marriage after I had held erroneous views for several years.

I was torn between St. Michael and St. Faustina.

In the end I picked St. Faustina.

Her message of the Divine Mercy has given me hope.

St. Pius X- he was very humble and opposed modernism

St. Maximillian Kolbe. He earned doctorates in Theology and Philosophy and also excelled at math and science. But he was a humble man and avoided making anyone feel stupid. I wish I could remember the examples but the book “A Man for Others” mentions this specifically.

I have so many favs, but one in particular stands out. St. Rita of Cascia, the saint of impossible causes. I have three times now, had serious issues to bring before her intercessory powers, twice for myself and once for a member of our family. Fervent prayer to her has always yielded results, even if the intended reason is not accomplished, we have always been blessed by peace and a greater love for Christ.

Her life was so austere and she endured much from the hands of her own husband, who was later converted. She even gave her sons over to God rather than see them grievously offend Him. It has been said that many sense a sort of “sweetness” when speaking with her in prayer. Next to our Blessed Mother, I dearly love her!

St Joseph is my favorite Saint. Because he is the perfect spouse. And because he is the perfect worker. I tended to be a bit of a workaholic Reflecting on St Joseph helped me keep work in prospective.
I also have a favorite Blessed. Mother Teresa (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) is my favorite Blessed. Mother Teresa has seen me through two cancers. During my first treatment for cancer my daughter found the book “Blessed Are You: Mother Teresa and the Eight Beatudes” It was a large print-edition which I could read. That book inspired me through a very grim prognosis. When a friend was diagnosed with cancer, I gave the book to her with instructions that when she was cancer free she should pass it on to someone in need of the book. Ironically I was the next person to get cancer,even grimmer diagnosis. But I told her that Mother Teresa was solidly installed in my life, I do read everything I see about her life.
I like to think that St. Joseph sent her my way. I heard the bad news “You have cancer” on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph.
By the way I am now “Cancer Free” :extrahappy
My Dr. doesn’t understand how this can be. He says it is a miracle :

St. Isaac Jogue, because he loved Jesus more than he feared the Iroquois.

I love Saint Martha. I like the fact that the Bible records her losing her temper and being selfish like all of us, yet it also records her faith in Christ and His resurrection power.

St. Mary of Egypt — for her heroic penance after committing colorful sins…

St. Therese, for her humble little ways of holiness and the way she has so powerfully interceded for me and for my friends. She saved my friend’s parents from divorcing even when it seemed imminent.

+JMJ+

St Issac Jogues-he returned to minister to those who had tortured him

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, O.F.S. because he did what he knew to be right, when the world told him he was wrong.

He was beheaded by the Nazis for being a conscientious objector. His village thought he was wrong. His country thought he was wrong. The military told him he was wrong. The political authorities told him he was wrong. A priest told him he was wrong. His bishop refused to support him. His well-formed conscience told him he was right.

He was right.

"Just as the man who thinks only of this world does everything Possible to make life here easier and better, so must we, too, who believe in the eternal Kingdom, risk everything in order to receive a great reward there. Just as those who believe in National Socialism tell themselves that their struggle is for survival, so must we, too, convince ourselves that our struggle is for the eternal Kingdom. But with this difference: we need no rifles or pistols for our battle, but instead, spiritual weapons–and the foremost among these is prayer… Through prayer, we continually implore new grace from God, since without God’s help and grace it would be impossible for us to preserve the Faith and be true to His commandments…

“Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for Those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity. And happy are they who live and die in God’s love.”

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