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I think the Saints of the Catholic Church are the biggest untapped resource that we have. They’re Saints, which means they’re awesome. They’re hanging out in Heaven where they have eternity to help us. They’re with Jesus so they can expertly guide us to be more like Jesus. Most of all, God gave us a Church that declares Saints so we can learn from them so He must have wanted us to learn from them!

And yet most of us leave them in the background. Sure, we may have a few Saints we like and a few pictures or prayers in our homes but how many of us are truly deep relationships with one or more Saints?

I’m sure some of you do but I know it’s certainly something I need to work on. I feel like I spent my first few years of my Catholic faith learning about the saints. I read a lot of children’s books and articles online. I’ve read a lot of summaries and I have an idea of the many Saints that I think I would like.

But to be honest, I haven’t had a deep and intimate relationship with many of them. I have spent a great deal of time trying to cultivate a friendship with them.

As we approach the Catholic new year, that is one of my biggest goals. I want to pick a few Saints and really get to know them. I want to talk to them often, learn about their life in a much more detailed way, and really see what can come from having a friendship with a holy person in Heaven.

Last year was the first year my family and I each picked a patron Saint for the year. I put 200 Saint names in an excel spreadsheet and then we each pressed a button on a random number generator online and the number showed us who are Saint would be. It was a lot of fun and we learned about five new Saints last year!

This year I wrote the Saint names on a used set of poker chips that I bought on Craigslist so we could have the added fun of picking them out of a bag. To draw closer to whichever Saint I happen to get this year, I’m going to try the following things:

  1. Read a biography or autobiography of my saint
  2. Research my Saint’s family life and childhood for ideas to use with own children
  3. Try to find some old writings by my Saint and read those
  4. Say a daily prayer to my Saint
  5. Spend one day per month in Adoration dedicated to talking with my Saint
  6. Celebrate my Saint’s feast day and go to Mass that day
  7. Learn more about the time period my Saint lived in and share that with my children

If you want to pick a patron Saint for the year, check out Saint Name Generator.  I also like the Saint List from Catholic Online as a good resources for many different Saints. 

If you pick a patron Saint this year, I’d love to know who. Share it in the comments! If there are other ways you learn about or connect with your favorite Saints, I’d love to know more!