By Haley Arndt.
Fun fact: I’ve never seen Ghostbusters, contrary to what this title might allude to.
But guess what, it doesn’t matter because we aren’t going to talk about some dudes in suits vacuuming up ghosts. Guys, we are talking about the real MVP’s today. We are talking about… THE SAINTS (cue super epic music with lots of bass drops). Specifically, we are going to talk about why we should form our very own squad of saints to back us up on our daily walk as a follower of Christ and about how having a saint squad can make our journey to heaven less difficult and more efficient. So, let’s get started!
Why form your own saint squad?
Because why wouldn’t you want a team of the holiest men and women watching out for you on a day to day basis (#SeriousSquadGoals)? But for real, you can never have too many souls praying for you. Let’s admit it, we are all sinners. I am a sinner, you are a sinner, your priest is a sinner, your third cousin twice removed is a sinner, even the sweet elderly ladies that volunteer at your church’s potlucks are sinners. It is a part of our broken human nature. And because we are all sinners, we need as much help as we can get when it comes to our journey towards heaven. Why not invoke the closest souls to God for help obtaining that sanctifying grace we all desperately need?
One of the many wonderful things about being Catholic is that we believe in the intercession of saints. In other words, we believe that we can ask the saints—someone whom the Church officially declares is partying it up with Jesus in heaven—to go before God with our prayer requests. Think about it this way… Many of us ask our family members or friends to pray for us when we have an urgent request for God. And that is great! But what’s even better than having a fellow living human pray for you? Someone who is chilling up in heaven and closer to God than we could ever be down here on earth! The saints are there with God just waiting to help us earthlings out with our own sanctity. Take advantage of that amazing gift we have as Catholics, and start invoking their heavenly intercession!
How to form your own saint squad
There are SO MANY rad saints out there, so it can be overwhelming to narrow done which saints you specifically want to have in your squad. Truthfully, there is no right or wrong way to go about your search for saintly squad members, but here are a few things that I found helpful on my quest…
- Reflect on specific things that you struggle with in your life or virtues that you need to work on. For example, do you struggle with patience, your temper, impurity, anxiety, losing things, judging others, partying, etc.? Hop onto Google and research which saints had those specific struggles as well. Or seek out saints who have shown outstanding strength in the virtues you need to work on. Those are the guys you want praying for your holiness!
- Find saints who share common interests with you. Enjoy music? St. Cecilia is your go-to-girl. Can’t live without coffee? Add St. Drogo to the list. Passionate about sports? Then you might like St. Sebastian. Is your birthday on July 3rd? Call up St. Thomas. You get the idea.
- Be aware of ways in which the saints might be trying to get your attention. I love being Catholic because I literally learn new things about our faith every single day. A few weeks ago, I learned about something called “saint stalking.” Sometimes, God wants us to learn specific life lessons to help us on our walk towards holiness, so He uses certain saints’ life stories to help us grow in virtue. Is there a certain saint’s name that is always popping up in conversation? Is there an abundance of quotes or images from a certain saint that frequent your news feed when you scroll through social media? Well, they are probably stalking you. Be attentive, and add those saints to the squad! More than likely, there is something about their life that will connect with yours.
Now you might be thinking to yourself: “Okay, cool Haley. The saints are dope people, and I have a few in mind that would make great friends… but now what do I do?” Well, that’s a great question! Thank you for asking. The answer:
Pray with them!
If y’all have a daily personal prayer time with God (and if you don’t, start setting aside a few minutes every day to chat with God!), add a mini Litany of Saints to the end of your prayer session. What I mean by that is, simply list off your squad saints and ask each one individually to pray for you throughout the rest of the day. It is amazing what a little extra support from your saintly BFF’s can do in your life.
And lastly, have fun with this! As you search for your saint squad members, take the time to get to know them. Let them lead you closer to Christ. The saints know what is up. They’ve done the whole living, dying, and getting to heaven thing, so they know what it’s like to be us. They know what it’s like to struggle with the same things you do. But they also know how to best persevere and to live a life of holiness that glorifies our Heavenly Father. Let them lead you closer to Christ. Let them show you the mistakes they made. Let them show you their successes in imitating Jesus. Let them be some of your closest friends. Our one goal in life is to get to heaven by loving God wholeheartedly. The saints are pros at that, so let them show you how it’s done.
Like I said before, learning from and imitating the saints is one of the easiest things we can do as Christians to help us glorify God more perfectly. They show us all the Christian dos and don’ts. We just need to take the time to get to know them and to let them help us walk towards the Redeemer. Now, go out there and start learning up on the saints! Read a book. Do a Google search. Fly to Europe and visit their basilicas. Do what you gotta do to form your ultimate squad. Happy saint squad searching my dudes! I’m praying for you.