Saturday, April 28, 2007

Saturday Saint Meme

Tagged by Ray at Stella Borealis. He wrote a very interesting tome, the length comparable to St Thomas' Summa. I encourage you to take a look at it; it is great reading! Mine will cut to the chase, though.

"Those tagged for this meme will list their four favorite saints, their one favorite blessed, and one person they think should have been a saint." OK--here we go!


1. St. John Baptiste de la Salle. I teach for the Christian Brothers, so I'm rooting for the home team. He's also the patron saint of education, and I need all the intercession there I can get. (Say it with me, Lasallians! "St John Baptiste de la Salle--pray for us! Live Jesus in our hearts--forever!")

2. St. John of the Cross. This man writes my life: what it is, and what I hope it to be. This man lived Christianity with the gloves off. I love the story about him grabbing five or ten minutes to pray throughout the busyness of his day--it reminds me that prayer is good in short increments, too.

3. St. Francis of Assisi. I wish I were that spirit-driven. It's good to see saints inhabited by joy, and that is what I think of when I think of him.

4. St. Augustine. If he had done NOTHING else, writing Confessions would have been enough. And he did much, much else.

(Runners-up: Sts. Peter, Paul, Teresa of Avila, Benedict, Frances of Rome, Riccardo Pampuri--he used to live near where I live now--a reminder that saints can walk among us unaware.)

Favorite Blessed:

--I suppose Bl. Julian of Norwich. Showings is a lovely book reflecting of visions she received amid a serious illness; and anyone who could say "all shall be well, all shall be well, all shall be very well" after living through the Bubonic Plague (which killed a third of Europe) had to be touched by God.

Who should be canonized?

--Archbishop Oscar Romero, hands down. No contest.
I also put in votes for Bro. James Miller, FSC, a "local boy" who graduated from my Lasallian university in the USA and was martyred while teaching young people in Guatemala in 1982. And Jean Donovan, one of the women killed as a lay missioner in El Salvador in the 1980s, who was a motorcycle-riding "flesh and blood" woman who was unsatisfied with her comfortable work in economics...which led her to missionary work. She was a graduate of my college alma mater.

I tag Korrektiv, Angelmeg, Sr. Susan, and anyone else who wants to play.


Antony said...

Nice list, IC. I'm with you on most all of them, though I confess I know little (as of yet) about Lassalle.

I especially say "Amen" to your owrds about Oscar Romero.


angelmeg said...

Only four, my previous spiritual director said I couldn't become a secular fransiscan because I would be choosing one saint over all the others to follow. I love them all so much. I have said before choosing a favorite saint would be like choosing a favorite chocolate, impossible, they all have good qualities.

I will do my best.

Adoro te Devote said...

You have shamed me.

"St. John Baptiste de La Salle...PRAY FOR US!

Live, Jesus, in our hearts....FOREVER!"

As the Saint of my alma mater, I don't invoke him hardly at all, and I'm certain he's waiting for me to just ASK, especially now that my calling to teach is becoming more concrete.

Thank you for shaming me.

I did the same meme, and although St. Augustine is also one of my Patrons, I didn't name him. So many saints! I read Confessions at my alma mater and it did not grab me...I was not disposed. But as an adult, I have been floored and have recognized his abundant intercession. He is a powerful saint. (And my mother is akin to his mother).

angelmeg...I feel your "pain"! :-)