Monday, August 15, 2011

Patron Saint Meme

Esther, the inspirational blogger at "A Catholic Mom in Hawaii"
tagged me for this new meme.

The rules are as follows:

"Assuming you are a saint, and your cause has been executed, your miracles confirmed, your date on the calendar established, all that is required is to select that of which Holy Mother Church will name you Patron (ess) of.

For this meme, you must name your patronage
and then tag 5 other people who would like to play along.

Linking your answer to your nominator's post 
would make it easier to get your answers."

Far stretch that I would ever be canonized as a yes. :) But I will play along. And for those of you non-Catholics that are not familiar with patron Saints, here is a quick overview: A patron saint is a saint who is regarded as the intercessor and advocate in heaven of a nation, place, craft, activity, class, clan, family, or person. We ask that the saints pray for and with us, "bear one another's burdens" (Galatians 6:2), "pray for one another" (James 5:16)? "all baptized into one body" (1 Corinthians 12:13)? The saints in heaven are still members of that body.

It would be neat if I was the patroness saint of Christian Unity Bloggers! :)
One of the Scripture verses that sticks out to me the most is:
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me." 
John 17:20-21

The Lord prayed for Christian Unity on the night before he died for us. The desire for Christian Unity originates in the heart of Christ. Because I love Christ, this is my desire too. There must be a change in the long-standing attitude of Catholic triumphalism so nothing can stand in the way of better relations with other denominations. Many Christians are now showing interest in breaking down the historic barriers between the Churches. Hallelujah!

I constantly pray for this. I also blog about it. My efforts include blogging about misunderstandings of the Catholic Church and reaching out to anti-Catholics on other blogs and having a dialog with them.

"Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd. Do not allow your net to be torn, help us to be servants of unity." Pope Benedict XVI: Servants of unity

I would like to tag the following Catholic friends in this meme:
3. Kelly at Kelly's Little Angels (new soon to-be Catholic going through RCIA)


Esther G. said...

Melissa, that would be wonderful! Mahalo for playing along.

Allison said...

I said I would be the patron saint of children. They could use as many as possible.

Sassy Sarah said...

Thanks for tagging me! :)

I would be the Patroness Saint of Shopping.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you!! I'll have to think about it before I post mine!

You made an excellent point about Jesus wanting us unified here on Earth, too!