The dictionary tells us that a Saint is ‚Äúa person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence, formally recognized as such by the Catholic Church, esp. by canonization‚ÄĚ.¬†
We usually picture halos -¬†Yet our faith teaches us that we are all called to holiness, to sainthood.¬†
We also believe in a ‚ÄúCommunion of Saints‚ÄĚ, where we are connected to one another throughout the world and even throughout time.¬†¬†So how do we make that connection stronger?¬†
Perhaps we can attempt to carve out a few moments now and again with our beverage of choice (a steaming cup of coffee for me), and contemplate some of the lives of ‚ÄúThe‚ÄĚ Saints to understand their personalities, faith, habits, charisms, even their imperfections, and how they can help us in the day-to-day situations we face.¬† Because God surely gave us their stories for a reason - and just as surely our stories matter as much to God.
Each month we will highlight a different Saint canonized by the Catholic Church, and, after giving a brief biography, will attempt to focus on why they should matter to us.¬† So why not fill up your¬†cup and join us?
May We Pray Together for the Desire to Grow in Holiness...
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God.
I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love.
You are the Strength and Light of my soul.
In You I live and move and am.
I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You.
Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations.
I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness.
Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You.
Give me grace, O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth."