Choosing a companion patron saint for the New Year
This explanation is taken from the
Mercy Diary where then Sister, (now Saint) Faustina
explains about the custom in her Convent of picking a
companion saint (or does the saint choose you? !). Many
believe there are special Graces with this.
NEW YEAR 1935 "Jesus likes to intervene in the smallest details of our
life and He often fulfils secret wishes of mine that I sometimes
hide from Him, although I know that from Him nothing can be
There is a custom among us of drawing by
lot, on New Years' Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole
year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me
a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for
this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from
my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that.
When we came to refectory for Breakfast, we blessed ourselves and
began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards
on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation
I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to
mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voce in
my soul; I am your patron. Read. I looked at once at
the inscription and read, "Patron for the Year 1935 - the
Most Blessed Eucharist" My heart leapt with joy, and I
slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit
before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart.
But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment
together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the
rule." (Diary - Notebook 1: 360)
Suggestions: #1 Print Saint's names with quotations & prayer, cut
individually, place folded in a basket for people to choose
Sister Emmanuel says
in her book, 'Medjugorje in the 90's', that the Saint will protect
you; guide you on the right path, and share with you his/her
special charism. #2 You could choose
a companion saint from the list of the
patrons of your past occupation(s) and find a saint unknown to you.
Read (print out) a short resume of their life which might be not
only fascinating but in so many ways inspiration to follow their
example. May your Saints bring you courage and strength in the
Example Quote: "If you are what you should be, you will set the whole
world on fire. Let the truth be your delight...proclaim it...but
with certain congeniality." ~ St. Catherine of Sienna, Doctor of
the Church. Prayer: "Pray for an outpouring of the Holy
Spirit in the Church."
Saints list #1 | Saints #2 | Saints
#3 | Saints list #4 | Patron Saints information | Random
Saint's name generator
Give an Alternative & Different Gift this Christmas, help
change lives in the world's poorest countries ~ From World Vision
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New Year 'prayers
and thoughts' Four Christmas Gifts | A Christmas Alphabet |
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Christmas prayers ~ external
The Reason For The Season ~ external |
One Bright Shining Star ~ external
at the University of
Dayton, USA - Largest
Collection of Nativity Scenes on Display | Mary
more links further above
Christmas Prayer by Gerard
darkness stands between. Past, the Past, no more be seen! But the
Bethlehem star may lead me,
To the sight of Him who freed me, From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly; Now beginning, and always, Now
begin, on Christmas day.
The real meaning of the carol, 'The 12 Days of
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not
permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era
wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has
two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning
known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol
has a code word for a religious reality which the children could
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark,
Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five
books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution,
Leadership and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love,
Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness,
Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of
belief in the Apostles' Creed.
"A hug is a great gift at Christmas
- one size fits all" | Jesus is the reason for the
"The birth of Jesus is the sunrise in the Bible." ~ Henry
'Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state
of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.' ~ Calvin Coolidge
'Blessed is the season which
engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.' ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
'The whole concept of God
taking human shape had never made much sense to me. That was
because, I realised one wonderful day, it was so simple. For people
with bodies, important things like love have to be embodied. That's
all. God had to be embodied, or else people with bodies would never
in a trillion years understand about love.' ~ Jane Vonnegut
"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a
wide-open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby
Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because
it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine
of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two
thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this
beating Christmas heart." ~ George Matthew Adams
"The Son of God became the Son of man so that the sons of men might
become the sons of God." ~ Terry Fullam
I Am the New
I am the new year. I
am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life
during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn't find is hidden in me, waiting for
you to search it out with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn't achieve is mine to grant
when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do, all that you hoped but
did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have --
these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said,
"Behold, I make all things new." ~ Anon
Multi Faith links
Happy Chanukah (The C is silent in Chanukah) Hanukkah, also called "the
Festival of Lights", celebrates the miracle of the holy oil
that unexpectedly burned in the Temple for eight days after
the Maccabees defeated the Syrians. This eight-day celebration
is a joyous holiday filled with games, special foods, gifts,
singing, and dancing. Jews all over the world celebrate Hanukkah
by lighting the Menorah. On the first night, the
shamash (helper candle) is used to light one candle. Each
night, one more candle is added and lit. It is customary to
light the menorah in the window so that all who pass by can
see it and know which night of Hanukkah it is. The candles are
traditionally placed in the Menorah from right to left and
lit from left to right so the newest is always lit first. The
shamash is usually higher than, or set apart from, the rest of the