Patrons and Patronesses

One of the many things I love about my faith is that there are thousands and thousands of others who have lived it heroically and who have been recognized for doing so. We have the canonized (recognized by the Church) saints, the foremost of whom is Mary, the Mother of God. And we also have millions of other saints who lived holy lives and now reside in heaven but are not formally recognized by the Church. These can be our own relatives, friends, and loved ones who have lived by and upheld the Precepts of the Church, so in a way, you could ask your own dearly departed grandfather to intercede for you and become one of your patrons.

We usually have quite a few saints who are our patrons and patronesses: the saint who shares our given name, the saint we choose as our patron when we receive the sacrament of Confirmation, the saint who is the patron of our occupation or hobby, and others whom we look up to and strive to imitate. So my patron saints would be St. Margaret (there are many saints who share her name, but I particularly like St. Margaret of Cortona), St. Agnes of Rome (I chose her when I was confirmed), St. John Bosco (patron saint of editors), and several other favorites: St. Maria Goretti, St. Padre Pio, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine of Hippo… I could go on and on.

It is comforting to think about all your friends in heaven who can pray for you and whom you can call upon for help. I know that there have been many times when I have called on Sts. Agnes and Augustine and they have pulled through for me. It is also nice to know that every day on the calendar is the feast day of at least one saint, so there are always people in heaven watching over us as we walk through this valley of tears. 🙂

The Thursday Three #33

Try saying the title of this blog post five times fast!

  1. A couple months ago, I took a course so I can become certified by the American Medical Writers Association (and have something nice to put on my resume). In the course I learned a useful “pattern of questions” that can be employed when trying to edit long, confusing sentences: First ask, “What is the verb?” Then ask, “Who or what?” about the verb. This will help you find the subject. Finally, ask, “Whom or what?” after the subject and verb together. This will help you find the direct object of the verb. From there, you’ll hopefully know enough to make sense of the sentence and edit it so it’s less confusing.
  2. I haven’t been inside the fictional land of my stories in a while, and I’m trying to decide on a reasonable goal that I can stick to and still make progress. They say that 100 words a day is good because it’s a tiny amount and very manageable, and at the end of the year, you end up with a cute little novella. However, “they” didn’t mention that it’s hard to get into (and stay into) a story when it’s being written at such a slow pace.
  3. The three most important pieces of marriage advice I’ve gotten so far are (1) always communicate, (2) the first year is the hardest, and (3) talk to your spouse first about any issues; don’t go whining to anyone else. The three most important pieces of wedding advice I’ve gotten so far are (1) it’s your wedding; do what you want, (2) it’s your wedding; do what you want, and (3) it’s your wedding; do you what you want, but you really should do it this way…

How’s everyone’s week going?

Mystery Blogger Award

Thanks so much to Jessica at ellDimensional for nominating me for this award! I don’t think I’ve ever seen this one before, but here goes!

The Mystery Blogger Award…

  • is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get.
  • is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.
  • was created by Okoto Enigma.

Guidelinesmystery

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10–20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

  1. I am very easily amused. I burst out laughing at the simplest things. Most people notice this and assume I am an idiot, and I’m not going to deny the fact that I may very well be an idiot. 🙂
  2. The upside of item #1 is that it does not take much to make me happy. Give me a book, some coffee, and some introvert time and I’m good. I’m not a BMW. I don’t require a complicated and expensive maintenance routine.
  3. I enjoy self-deprecating humor. (One time, I used the word “self-deprecating” when talking to my dad and he said, “Self-defecating? Does that mean you’ve reached the point in your life that you can take a s–t without having someone else wipe your ass?”)

The Questions I Have to Answer

  1. Weird question: Are you afraid of the dark?
    Not really. The only times I am are when I’m driving in an unfamiliar area or when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I feel like monsters (i.e., cats) might attack me.
  2. What is your favorite genre to write? Or, what genre do you wish you could write?
    Fiction, more specifically young adult fiction. I wish I could write more nonfiction (you know, the kind with footnotes and endnotes and in-depth citations of sources), but ain’t nobody got time for that.
  3. What are your thoughts on vampires? As in, do you find them corny, overdone, classic, entertaining, or something else?
    I really liked vampires until the Twilight series came about, then my interest waned rapidly. I still prefer vampires over werewolves, though.
  4. Your favorite movie, along with your favorite actor/actress.
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Favorite actor: John Cassavetes (favorite living actor: Hayden Christensen, only because he looks good. He is a horrible actor). Favorite actress: Susan Lucci (favorite dead actress: Ava Gardner, but I haven’t seen any of her movies. It’s ’cause she was married to Frank Sinatra).
  5. The last book you read.
    Peter Kreeft’s Jesus Shock. It’s super short and very insightful. Honestly, they better make Dr. Kreeft a doctor of the Church once he passes on.

Nominees

I always cheat and say that anyone who follows and/or reads this blog can participate, and the same applies here.

…And Their Questions

  1. Weird question (actually, all these questions are somewhat weird): If you could live inside a TV show or movie, which would it be?
  2. If you had the time, money, and/or incentive to learn a foreign language, which would you learn?
  3. Who is your favorite philosopher?
  4. What is something you always think “what if” about?
  5. What quote do you try to live by?

My Best Post

There are a few I’ve written that I really like… and they are not the same as the ones that get the most hits, so I put one of each:

  1. It’s been getting lots of hits recently even though I wrote it over 3 years ago: The Absolute Worst Book I Have Ever Read
  2. The one I like most (there are others, but this is my current favorite): Hopeless and Defeated