As I woke up at 3:30 this morning, my mind of course, had to think, “Is it really 3:30 or is it still 4:30?” It took a few seconds for my mind to register the correct time, but eventually, I figured it out. Either way, I wasn’t able to go back to sleep, so I lay in bed, thinking about what God had planned for me today. Mass, of course, and we are going to celebrate Val’s aunt’s 90th birthday, as well. I spent a few minutes, thinking about what I wanted to blog about today. I knew I wanted to write about the saints, today being the feast of All Saints, but I hadn’t decided which angle I was going to take. I figured I would be guided in the direction to go, soon enough.
I finally got out of bed, Val was already up, and we made our coffee, covered ourselves with our prayer shawls, lit the special candle from St. Valentine’s Church in Dublin, and began our day with our rosary, scripture, and reflection. I read the reflection from the Word Among Us, and when I read the following sentences, I was brought to tears.
Are you a wife, a mother, or a teacher? Then look to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
I pray to St. Elizabeth for those exact reasons! She was a wife and mother of five children. She established the St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, which was dedicated to the education of Catholic girls. She also founded the first congregation of religious sisters in the United States and the first free Catholic school. It was the beginning of the parochial school system. So, I thank her for creating a school that eventually educated my husband and our daughters, and of course, many others.
Today, we honor the multitude of saints in heaven that pray for us continuously. They include the ‘big S’ and ‘little s’ saints. You can name several of the ‘big S’ saints, but can you name the ‘little s’ saints? Of course you can! They are your grandpas and grandmas, your parents, siblings, children, friends! All those who have gone to heaven are praying for you! They are praying for you and encouraging you to develop your relationship with Jesus and His Mother.
Do you have a favorite saint? It’s ok if you don’t, but I encourage you to google some saints that may be the patron saint of whatever you have a passion for, or maybe your confirmation saint, or maybe a saint from a prayer card you have. Choose one that you would like to begin to pray to for their intercession and let me know which one you’ve chosen! If you already have a favorite, let me know that as well! I love to hear about different saints!
Lord God, you blessed Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, education and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to Your people.
Through her example and prayers, may we learn to express our love for You in love for our fellow men and women.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.