A Patron Saint for My Year

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In January many people around the web pick a word for the year.  I know I did and there were quite a few posts here on Catholic Mom about what people choose and why.  Some people also picked a patron saint or used the nifty Saints Name Generator to choose one for them.

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I went to the site and after praying and hitting ‘enter’ St. Martha appeared.  St. Martha is the patron saint of cooks, housewives, servers, and all manner of people who serve and show hospitality to others.

It is quite appropriate that St. Martha is my patron saint this year.  In fact, she should probably stay on forever because it seems as if I am always involved in some way with planning dinners, events, or parties of one sort or another. I’m one of those people who spend lots of time being very busy and often forgetting to sit at Jesus’ feet.

As I have grown more comfortable being who I am I realize that being busy is part of my nature.  Combine that with the fact that I am an extrovert and how I live my life makes sense.  But sometimes I use that as an excuse to not spend quiet time in prayer.  I know that prayer is the foundation, that sitting at Jesus’ feet is what will give me the strength to serve, yet time and again I make excuses.

My prayer this year, then, with Martha by my side, is to learn how to sit and be present, not thinking I must always be doing something.  This prayer will be helpful in reminding me what to do:

“Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to his words and be present to him this day. Amen” (from Catholic.org).

Who is your patron saint?  How can he/she help you grow in your spiritual journey?

Copyright 2014, Deanna Bartalini

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Deanna Bartalini is a Catholic wife, mom, writer and educator. Deanna has been married for over 30 years and raised two wonderful adults. She is the Director of Faith Formation at St. Edward Catholic Church in Palm Beach, FL. She writes at DeannaBartalini.com, she serves as the editor of the NewEvangelizers.com blog and is a contributor there as well as at AmazingCatechists.com and contributed to our latest Catholic Mom title, A Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. Deanna is available to lead retreats and speak at catechist and ministry events.

3 Comments

  1. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! I have been on a real Saint kick lately ever since one of my second grade students asked me “How can I become a Saint???” Her question still rings in my head weeks later…it was the sweetest moment.
    I recently bought a memory card game for my kids with pictures of the Saints…it is awesome. And I have to say, while I chose Cecilia for Confirmation, as a mom of two girls I am loving Maria Goretti…and of course as a mom of four, Saint Monica is a favorite too…and Saint Therese is a must!!! Picking just one for the year is tough! maybe I will use the generator and let it pick for me. So many Saints to discover! Thanks for this!

  2. I have a soft spot for St. Martha myself! You know, she gets a bad rap many times, but remember–she saw Jesus for who he was and had the boldness to say so.

  3. Barb,thanks for yet another reason to like her she is bold!
    Laura, St. Monica, could she pray or what? Isn’t nice to have so many choices to go to for help?

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