First, for those of us who don’t know:
Few practices of the Catholic Church are so misunderstood today as devotion to patron saints. From the earliest days of the Church, groups of the faithful (families, parishes, regions, countries) have chosen a particularly holy person who has passed on to intercede for them with God. Seeking the intercession of a patron saint does not mean that one cannot approach God directly in prayer; rather, it’s like asking a friend to pray for you to God, while you also pray—except, in this case, the friend is already in Heaven, and can pray to God for us without ceasing. It’s the communion of saints, in actual practice. via Patron Saints – The History of Patron Saints – How Patron Saints Are Chosen.
I’ll go first! My patron saint is St. Padre Pio. Before I was Catholic, I had a dream where I was being chased by something evil. I was scared and called out “Padre Pio pray for me”! I woke up and thought to myself… who is Padre Pio? To be fair, I’m sure I had read about Padre Pio at some point and subconsciously knew who he was, but seriously, at that time I didn’t even know I could ask a saint for help! So because I am a squirrel and I like to forage I immediately went out and read about Padre Pio. A few weeks later I was at a friend’s house who owns an Antique store and loves Catholic antiques. She pulled a box out of her garage stocked full of prayer cards, metals, prayer books, rosaries … you name it… and told me to take whatever I’d like. I reached in and pulled out a prayer card, prayer-book and metal and they were all about Padre Pio even though the box was full of a myriad of different saint memorabilia. When I brought the items home I showed them to my two-year old who picked up the prayer card and said “Papa!” like she knew him. Do you watch for repeating patterns in your life? I do and this was one of them I’m pretty sure I was meant to notice! I feel like St. Padre Pio told me clearly ” Hey chica! Check it out—I am your Patron Saint!”. Even if it was all a coincidence, it has been wonderful to get to know him. Reading about St. Padre Pio has taught me many lessons.
Now it’s your turn!