It's that time of year, again! I am always impressed how God leads me to a very appropriate patron Saint each new liturgical year, and so I was super excited to find out who it would be this year:
St Paschal Baylon
Patron of cooks, Eucharistic congresses, and Eucharistic associations
Hm. Ok. I didn't get the immediate connection, other than this: "Wow, that seems like a perfect saint for my DH." We had just been talking about his recent experiences with the Eucharist and his intense spiritual growth that has been taking place recently, and to top it off, he is culinary trained and an excellent chef.
So... why is St Paschal *my* patron Saint?
Then, it was time to pick a patron for DH:
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Patron against the death of parents, Europe, martyrs
Immediate connection - except, not to DH. To me. This should have been my patron Saint, I thought! It makes perfect sense- I identify with Edith Stein on so many levels, and she has a strength about her that I know I could benefit from in her intercession...
And that's when it hit me.
God surprises, yet again. What we need this year most of all is a Saint to pray for our spouses. St Paschal will help me in doing this for DH, and St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross will assist DH in his prayers for me. It's perfect.
Now, it's time for all of you to get your Patron for the new year!
Find yours, here!
Leave a comment and let me know who picked you (I firmly believe they pick us, not the other way around!)