For those who have been following my blog for awhile, you'll remember that in November or December each year, I always get very excited about getting "assigned" a Patron Saint for the upcoming calendar year. A Patron Saint will be that special go-to friend in heaven, to help you intercede and petition God on your behalf. Two years ago, I was given the name of St Raphael, one of the Archangels, and it was amazingly appropriate. You can read about that here.
Last year, I was given St Eugene de Mazenod, a Saint I was unfamiliar with up to that point. He has been a good friend this year, particularly as I battled the demons attacking my marriage. Ironically, he is the patron Saint for dysfunctional families, and you may remember how funny I found that to be at the time ;)
This year, unfortunately, the wonderful lady who used to pick the Saints for us has closed her blog. But I was able to find a link on another site:
Here, you can say a quick prayer before pressing the button, and assign yourself a Patron Saint for the new year!
So, I did. Said a prayer, asked that God lead me to just the right Saint for 2012, and here's what I got:
Patronage: Against Herpes; Against Plague; Against Skin Diseases; Against Skin Rashes; Against Syphilis; Agricultural Workers; Archers; Boy Scouts; Butchers; Cavalry; Chivalry; Equestrians; Farmers; Field Workers; Knights; Lepers; Palestinian Christians; Saddlers; Sheep; Shepherds; Soldiers
Yes. Take that herpes and syphilis! Your powers will have no effect on ME in 2012!