Patron Saints for the single Catholic girl
This post is written in response to Mary Katherine’s question:
Who would you say is a good patron saint for single Catholic girls out there?
Though St. Anne has the catchy phrase attributed to her, St. Anne, St. Anne, find me a man as fast as you can, is the single Catholic girl’s only identity to find a husband so she can cross out the ‘single’? I don’t think so. Obviously being single plays a part into it, but it is not our identity. First and foremost we are women of God, daughters of the Father. Second, we are Catholic, we love our faith and seek to become holy with the aid of the Church. The single part is a component, but it is not ‘the’ competent.
With that said, through my years of being a scg, I think there are some important things to consider while seeking a patron saint. There are many struggles with loneliness throughout the years, this has me think about people like Blessed Margaret Cortona. There are the aspects of seeking our vocations/husbands; St. Joseph, Mary, St. Anne, St. Raphael are all worth mentioning. There are the strong women in the history of our faith who were single themselves and serve as examples to us, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agatha come to mind. St. Catherine of Siena is strong in the faith, she loves our Lord dearly and sought after his will in a world of turbulence. Doctor of the church, incorrupt, mystic. Enough said. St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us! And according to some websites St. Agatha is already the patron of the scg. I like St. Agatha, but I just don’t know how I would feel having a plate of breasts for a scg logo…
For a more modern day scg, I think someone like Edith Stein makes sense. A convert to the faith, she wrote prodigiously on femininity and women’s vocations.
“During the time immediately before and quite some time after my conversion,” she wrote, “I…thought that leading a religious life meant giving up all earthly things and having one’s mind fixed on divine things only. Gradually, however, I learnt that other things are expected of us in this world.”
She was a scholar, a philosopher and a seeker of truth. She eventually entered a Carmelite order and shortly thereafter suffered death in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942.
“Things were in God’s plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that – from God’s point of view – there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God’s divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God’s all-seeing eyes.”
So there you have it, three patrons for the scg
(nominated by Molly, not the Holy See with the exception of St. Agatha).
St. Agatha, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Teresa Benedicta, pray for us!