By CJ Kallevig
Hello, everyone! Sorry I’ve been a little MIA; winter is rough. But I’m back, and I want to talk to you about one of my favorite topics: saints! I’m going to focus on two particular categories of saints today, patron saints and Confirmation saints.
Now just a quick FYI, I’m going to be talking about capital ‘S’ saints. Everyone in heaven is a saint, with a little ‘s’. Capital ‘S’ saints are those that have been canonized by the Church and have feast days.
So first of all, what even is a patron saint? I’m glad you asked.
A patron saint is someone who has special care for a particular thing or a particular group of people. So if you need help with something in particular or are praying for a particular person, there’s a saint to help you with that.
- St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals.
- Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati is the patron of Catholic young people and rock climbers.
- St. Dymphna is the patron of those who deal with mental illnesses.
- St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron of students.
Now a Confirmation saint is a bit more personalized, you could say. This is a saint that you have a particular connection with, in whatever way it happens. This could be a saint that your grandparents or parents told you about. This could be a saint that just sounds or looks cool. It can also just be the first saint that you thought of when someone asked you who you were picking as your Confirmation saint.
Now here’s the real question: do you pick your Confirmation saint, or do they pick you? Honestly, I think it’s both. For me, my Confirmation saint showed up and then just stuck around. By the time that I needed to pick which one, it was obvious who it should be. But why don’t I just tell you the story from the beginning.
I’m a convert, as I’ve talked about before. So while I was in RCIA, they were talking about picking a Confirmation saint, and I had no clue what they were talking about. I knew the saints existed, but I didn’t really know anything about them. So I started reading and researching them. And I found some amazing saints. They were patrons of things I was involved in or had experienced, amazing holy men and women of God. But none of them felt right, like they were supposed to be my saint. Finally, I asked my RCIA director if I had to pick a female saint or if it could be any of them. She said that I could choose any of the hundreds of saints that exist. When she said that, St. Michael the Archangel popped into my head, and I knew that he was the one. His prayer was the first Catholic prayer that I learned. He and I have had a connection ever since.
So in my case, I think we chose each other. I pray that when it comes time for you to find your saint that you pray about it and that you remain open to whomever God has in store for you.
Let’s end in a prayer.
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, Oh Prince of the Heavenly Host,
By the power of God, cast into hell Satan
And all the evil spirits, that prowl around the world
Seeking the ruin of souls.
May God bless you all, and I will see you in the Eucharist.