Each year, January comes with a flood of resolutions and self-help guides. While some of these things are good and can be very beneficial, they can sometimes lead us to individualism, pressure, and pride.
Part of what makes our Faith so beautiful is that it reminds us that we can do nothing alone. We need God to heal us and act in us.
Beyond that, Our Lord has given us hosts of heavenly helpers: our friends, the saints!
Rather than insisting on a regimen of self-improvement this year, rely on the saints, those closest to Christ. Having a patron saint for the year can be a powerful way to invite heavenly friendship and intercession into your year.
However, because the Church has many wonderful saints, choosing one can be difficult! But with some guidance and prayer, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to find a great patron saint this year!
1. Think of specific virtues you hope to develop this year. Find saints that exemplified or spoke on those virtues. For patience, think of St. Monica and St. Bernadette. For honesty, consider Sts. Peter and Paul. If you want to be more disciplined, consider St. John Vianney and St. Josemaría Escrivá.
2. Look for saints who faced similar circumstances as you. Some wonderful married saints are Sts. Zélie and Louis Martin, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, and Sts. Ann and Joachim. If you’re looking for a patron saint for single people, consider St. Andrew, St. Christopher, St. Agnes, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
3. Pray! Our Lord longs for us to join His saints in heaven! Through prayer and discernment, He will help us come to know saints who will powerfully intercede for us.
4. Ask a priest or spiritual mentor. Many people have had powerful and unique experiences with saints and can provide personal insights into finding a patron saint!
Lastly, you can flip through the beloved book 365 Saints-Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives! Whether you have a patron saint picked out for 2024 or you’re still discerning, this powerful book is a wonderful way to keep the saints close by. You will be surprised by the beautiful variety of the saints and inspired by their lives! Bring home a copy from The Catholic Company today!