Thursday, January 05, 2006

Your saint for the year

I wanted to relay a tradition I've been reading about that involves choosing a saint (or having a saint "choose" you) to make the journey with you throughout the year. You can do this by drawing a saint's name from a basket or a jar. Another way to do this is to go to an online list of saints, scroll down (with your eyes closed) and when you feel it is right, stop. The saint you stopped on is your saint for the coming year.

Mine is Saint Peter Julian Eymard. He was born in France in 1811 and was dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament. He founded the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, "a congregation of priests whose principal duty should be to honour the Blessed Sacrament" and the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, "a congregation of cloistered women who carry on perpetual adoration in their convents." (quotes from Catholic Encyclopedia.)

Keep your soul at peace, in order to be able to be attentive and very faithful to the inner movement of the Holy Spirit.
~~St. Pierre-Julien Eymard

1 comment:

Carmel said...

great idea, thanks!

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