This Advent Season's collaboration series is going to feature two posts each from three different young women who are all in different places in their lives and faith. All three have been asked to share about their personal patron saint and how they incorporate their faith into their daily lives. But what is a patron saint? And what even is a saint?
Catholics believe that all who are with Jesus in Heaven are saints. They do not have to be recognized by the Church to be a saint; just in heaven. This means that our goal in life should be to become a saint!
Patron saints are those in Heaven we feel particularly connected with for one reason or another. They have had similar life struggles to you. You may admire them for a particular quality. They have been declared the patron saint of something you can relate to, such as St. Jude and lost causes, St. Francis of Assisi and animals, or St. Maria Goretti and young women. They could be your namesake or just a saint who you really, really like. You get to chose your patron saints!
To kick off the Advent season though, I wanted to share about the saints in my own life. To be completely honest, I don't have one particular saint that I feel particularly connected to or close with. When I was confirmed, I chose St. Helena of the Cross, the mother of Emperor Constantine. She was a practicing Catholic and desperately wanted her son to be as well. She hoped that by converting him, she would be able to save the Christians who were being viciously persecuted across the Roman empire. I still intercede through St. Helena for perseverance and leadership as a Christian woman.
St. Helena is also known as St. Helena of the Cross. She was the woman who discovered the True Cross and nails that were used at the Crucifixion. I was drawn to her because of her tenacity, her leadership, and her love for her son. Even in high school, I knew I would need a woman who led fearlessly despite adversity and heartbreak in her life.
When we intercede to a saint, we aren't praying to them but asking them to pray for us. We all recognize the power of having more than one person praying for our intentions. Intercessions are just that, asking those in Heaven, closer to God, to also intercede through us. They are a part of our greater Christian community.
Who is your favorite saint to intercede through?