A great big thank you to dear Marianne at The Patron Saint of the Year Ministry.  We’ve been “chosen” by two Saints this year and both are particular favorites of our family.  They are:  St. Louis IX, Confessor and King of France and St. Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint of Children!  What an amazing combination…and what an incredible opportunity to get to know our new friends a bit better.

You may read about St. Louis here.  This is one of my favorite quotes attributed to our good Saint:

“If God send thee adversity, receive it in patience and give thanks to our Saviour and bethink thee that thou hast deserved it, and that He will make it turn to thine advantage. If He send thee prosperity, then thank Him humbly, so that thou becomest not worse from pride or any other cause, when thou oughtest to be better. For we should not fight against God with his own gifts.”
And then there’s good St. Nicholas.  It seems he’s been a good friend for years, but now wants us to get to know one another a bit better.  Perhaps we need the reminder that his patronage extends throughout the year…not just during the Advent/Christmas season.

You may read more about St. Nicholas of Myra here.

And this quote…attributed to St. Nicholas encapsulates the spirit of giving:

The Giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.

And so we have a couple of friends who wish to know us better…and the rest of the year, indeed, the rest of lives to accomplish it.  How wonderful will it be, dear friends, to meet all those who’s intercession we’ve sought and patronage we’ve enjoyed?  Do we not honor and glorify God by loving those who love Him best?

I certainly think so!

How wonderful will that reunion be, how perfectly will we know one another when united in the glory of Heaven…

St. Louis, Confessor and King…Pray for us!

St. Nicholas of Myra, Patron of Children…Pray for us!