I have written before about my current method of morning prayer. I ask several saints for their intercession throughout the day, ending with the Blessed Virgin Mary. My list of saintly friends has grown over the years, including the patron saints and guardian angels of everyone in our family, the Carmelite saints, and others to whom I have a devotion.
Lately, I have added three new saints to my list. I pray to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to help me grow in charity, St. Agnes to make me pure in body, word, and thought, and Pope St. John Paul II for diligence. Why these three saints and these three virtues? I have fellow blogger and author Jean Heimann to thank.
Jean has just published a book called Seven Saints for Seven Virtues (Servant Books). She asked if I would participate in her book blog tour, which goes all week.
Inspiring and practical
My readers know I love practical spirituality. Jean tells the story of seven saints in brief, and then gives a modern example of someone who exemplifies the virtue each saint is known for. Best of all, she gives several detailed suggestions on how readers can grow in that virtue. She encourages readers to pray for the saints’ intercession, including prayers from their canonizations when available.
Besides the three saints I already mentioned, Jean suggests these saints for specific virtues:
- St. Joseph – humility
- St. Catherine of Siena – kindness
- St. Monica – patience
- St. Augustine – temperance
All of these except Monica were already friends of mine.
As I help my boys to grow in virtue, I am looking for saints to be role models for each of them. While I will not be handing Jean’s book to them any time soon (it discusses several adult topics), it has given me more ideas of saints to research with them.
The beauty of Seven Saints for Seven Virtues is its value for everyone, no matter where we are on our walk with God. Who couldn’t use more intercessors and role models? Jean gives us seven, and at least one of them is sure to speak to a weakness that we need to overcome.
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