SELF-ENTRUSTMENT TO A PATRON SAINT
How to choose a patron saint?
1. Have a book of saints, read and reflect on each lives and works of a saint. Find out whose saint you can relate with that has similarities in your experiences in life, encounters with God and with your neighbor, how they struggle with their weaknesses, your birthday, etc.
2. When you chose one or more, preferably one, discover more about the life of your chosen saint and start praying to him/her and ask his/her help in your daily life and talk to him as a friend.
3. If you already decided to choose that particular saint, look for an image or picture and put it anywhere you want, where you can pray to him/her anytime, like in your room, office table, wallet, etc.
4. Know his/her feast day and attend a Mass to honor and thank God for the gift of a patron saint. Celebrate it!
5. Do not look at patron saints as if they are far and impossible to imitate. Remember, your patron saint is with you and is united with you always especially in prayer. Your patron saint is a human person like you. He/she was weak yet able to strive to follow Jesus through different ways like: love for the Eucharist, frequent confession, devotion to our Lady and to other Saints, doing works of charity. Imitate his/her life at the very best way you can.
6. He/she is your new friend that you can always count-on, a shoulder to lean-on, and a peer to talk with and always ready to help you.
SIMPLE PRAYER IN CHOOSING A PATRON SAINT
O Saint/Blessed N., after knowing your life and works, I thank God for giving you to the world and for inspiring me to be a saint. Please allow me to be your spiritual child and to call you as my patron saint. I come before you and invoke your name to help me strive to be holy as what you did and to love God and the Church in the status of life where I am now. Saint/Blessed N., pray for me and for my love ones and be my spiritual partner as I continue my journey here on earth and when time comes, I will be with you and all the saints praising God, the source of all holiness, forever and ever. Amen.
Saint/Blessed N., pray for me!
Rev. Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, SLL
Commissioner, Commission on Liturgy
+ Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
Archbishop of Manila
March 27, 2011