Saturday, December 31, 2011

Patron Saint for the Year Devotion

What is the Saint for the Year Devotion?

Matthew from A Catholic Life provide an explanation for this customs as told by St. Faustina in her diary, Divine Mercy in my Soul: The excerpt is below:
“There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year's Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 - the Most Blessed Eucharist.’ My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule.”Excerpt from Divine Mercy in My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina.
"You can either contact Matthew or like me choose your saint for yourself and family from the Saint’s Name Generator.

Here is my patron saints for 2012:

Family – St Paula of Rome
Me - Blessed Margaret of Castello

These are two saints how I know little of: St. Paula was married and a mother of five which makes her an appropriate saint for our family of six.

My saint Blessed Margaaret of Castello is the patron saint against poverty, disabled people, handicapped people, people rejected by religious orders, physically challenged people and Right To Life groups. 

This has touched me greatly as early in January 2012 my 4 month old niece Chloe will undergo a hole in the heart surgery in the United States. Chole was also born with downs syndrome and I will be calling on this blessed saint for a safe and speedy operation for my dear niece. 

Let me know which saint is your Patron Saint for the Year.

1 comment:

DM said...

This is fabulous! Thank you so much for encouraging choosing a patron saint for the year!

I chose St. Gianna Beretta Molla for my patron and St. Andre Bessette for my family's patron!