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November 1, 2009
A few weeks ago, while surfing the web, I came across a short quiz that promised to tell me which saint I was most likely to identify with. I was very intrigued by such a quiz so I succumbed to the temptation. It was a very short quiz of about four or five multiple choice questions. Upon completion of the quiz I simply had to click on Done and my saint came up. According to my answers I was informed that St. Martin de Porres was the saint I most identified with. I was somewhat surprised but not totally. I have read his life and I must say he is one of my favorites.
I am of the belief, and I am not alone in this, that we most identify with saints with whom we have similar personality traits and/or similar spiritual perspectives. Since this Sunday is All Saints Day, let’s take a look at some well known saints. We’ll begin with my favorite, St. Francis of Assisi.
Francis was a lady’s man, a lover of life and generous to a fault. When he heard the call of God he immediately switched his allegiance from loving women to loving God. He literally gave all he had to the poor and spent the rest of his life caring for the poor and needy. Francis was passionate, loving, kind, gentle and faithful. He was determined to follow God’s call and did so despite all hardships. He was totally focused on his mission. How can you not love this man?
Another favorite of mine is St. Theresa of Avila. Theresa became a Carmelite nun and spent her entire life restructuring the life of the Carmelites. The life of the nuns had become too easy and too worldly. They had strayed from their original purpose. Theresa, with her strong personality and determination, took on the system and actually succeeded in reforming the Carmelites. She didn’t always make too many friends in the process but her focus was on holiness not friendship. She was strong, courageous, feisty, independent, and resilient. What a woman!
A third person that I have always admired is a man that has just recently been canonized to sainthood. He has long been known as Damian of Molokai. His real name is Joseph de Veuster. He took the name Damian after joining the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Soon after ordination, Damian volunteered to minister to the leper colony on Molokai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, in the mid 1800s. Damien was single hearted and totally given to his lepers. He was energetic and never lost hope for them. Despite the lack of support he received, even from his bishop, he remained faithful to his small flock. He was all heart but he also had indomitable courage and faith
There are many, many other saints that deserve our admiration and respect. Here are a few that you could look up on line if your memory fails you. There is St. Paul, St. John Bosco, St. John Vianney, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, St. Elizabeth Seton, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Kathryn Drexel, St. Thomas More and many, many others. Who is your favorite and why?
Lorette P. Nault