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I’d like to select a patron saint for 2014. Where can I go online to learn more about the saints and choose one to accompany me on life’s journey this year?

BY The Editors

Jan. 26-Feb. 8, 2014 Issue | Posted 1/20/14 at 10:08 AM

 

There are many websites, including EWTN.com and Vatican.va, where one can learn about Catholic saints.

An interesting concept is the "Saint’s Name Generator." Register blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who also writes at ConversionDiary.com, created the concept in years past, and she just updated it for the new year:

"For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the ‘Saint’s Name Generator’ is a simple program I created to choose a saint’s name at random. I like to use it to find saints for each year, as well as for other causes and events for which I could use some extra prayers. There are about 300 names in the database, so it’s a great way to discover fascinating holy people whom you might not already be familiar with. (Also, I included the text of the Litany of the Saints in the source code, so every time the program executes, it runs through that prayer.)

"This year I got St. Martin of Tours. I’m excited about having him as my patron for a lot of reasons, but this excerpt from the reflection at the bottom of his bio really jumped out at me:

"‘The saints are not creatures of another world: They face the same perplexing decisions that we do. Any decision of conscience always involves some risk. If we choose to go north, we may never know what would have happened had we gone east, west or south. A hypercautious withdrawal from all perplexing situations is not the virtue of prudence; it is, in fact, a bad decision, for ‘not to decide is to decide.’

"Along with his fascinating life story, it gives me a lot to think about as we begin this new year. St. Martin of Tours, pray for us!"

Pick your saint online at: http://jenniferfulwiler.com/saints/

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