July 20, 2021

3 Answers: Who is a Saint Friend of Yours and Why?

We asked three people to answer the question, “Who is a saint friend of yours and why?” Here is the wisdom they shared:

Fr. Jeff Norfolk
Parish Priest and Prison Chaplain for the Diocese of Sioux Falls

I love the saints. They have become true friends and my life’s companions and not just historical figures. I have my favorite saints: Mother Teresa and Padre Pio being two of them. A recent practice that I enjoy a lot and recommend is to spend the day with the saint of the day. Today as I write this reflection we celebrate the lives of 120 Chinese martyrs named St. Augustine Zhao Rong and Companions. They ranged in age from 9 to 76. Each day I learn a little about the saint of the day and try to pray to that saint or group of saints throughout the day. I strive to preach about him/her/them in the daily Mass homily and to share a story of the saint with as many people during the day as possible.

No matter what I’m going through, highs or lows, there is a saint to help me through it. I also have a passion and hobby of learning about the married saints. The reason for this is because my parents divorced when I was a child and I don’t want other married couples and children to experience that kind of pain. The married saints are there to help teach married couples and families how to persevere in their trials and pain. No matter what your vocation or state in life I pray that you also may be inspired to get to know and develop a friendship with the saints as your earthly companions.

Meghan Krueger
FertilityCare Practitioner, Wife, and Homeschooling Mother

Over the last year  or two I have been feeling especially close to St. Perpetua and have used her as a model in my own vocation as a wife and a mother. Not a lot is known about this woman who was martyred in the Roman Colosseum during the time of Christian persecution, but there is a record of the passion of Sts. Perpetua and Felicity. This is the quote that has echoed in my head recently…

Next, looking for a pin, she likewise pinned up her dishevelled hair; for it was not meet that a martyr should suffer with hair dishevelled, lest she should seem to grieve in her glory.”

Now, I’m not being mauled by wild beasts exactly, but there is a certain level of ‘martyrdom’ and death to self we certainly enter into as wives and mothers…. and the occasional beastly child I suppose. I was so inspired by this woman who was facing certain death, that she still did not want to appear to be suffering in the midst of her suffering. And at this time in my life I had fallen hard into the ‘momiform’ of messy bun and leggings every day. And it was very obvious from my outer appearance that I was indulging in my suffering by pitying myself. Believing that I was so in over my head I couldn’t even put a brush through my hair- let alone pin it up! As I prayed with this I realized I wasn’t really giving glory to God in my vocation by doing this. I wasn’t honoring the gift of femininity that He gave me, I wasn’t honoring my husband, and I wasn’t being a witness of this vocation to others. And so, I put out of my mind the lie that making myself look nice was vanity and embraced the fact that getting dressed and ready every day was the lesser sin in this season of life. And I must say, a little hair pin here and a quick swipe of lipstick there has brought more fruit out of my vocation than I ever imagined it could.

Trish IrvineTrish Irvine
Content Director for ComeFollow.Me

Over the past few years, I’ve become friends with Bl. Franz Jägerstätter. A simple Austrian farmer, the Church likely wouldn’t have beatified him if not for Hitler’s rise to power and the annexation of Austria prior to World War II. In the midst of this chaos, Bl. Franz remained close to the Lord, seeking to provide for his family and follow the voice of God within him. In the end, this meant refusing to fight as a Nazi soldier and being guillotined at the age of 36, leaving his wife and daughters behind. 

What is so striking to me about Bl. Franz is how he followed his conscience even when his city, country, and members of the Church told him it was acceptable to fight for the Nazis since he was striving to protect his family. His fierce adherence to what was true did not seem to make a difference in the war and he wasn’t remembered fondly by his neighbors, rather he was seen as a traitor to his country and his wife suffered greatly. Yet from the perspective of eternity, Bl. Franz made a significant impact, the ripples of which we cannot fathom. This makes me hopeful that the big and small sacrifices I make each day are worth it from the vantage point of eternity. And it reminds me that striving to follow the Truth is often difficult and unpopular but always the good I should choose.

Trish Irvine is a pursuer of the good, the true, and the beautiful. As a high school theology teacher with a penchant for reading and writing, she has numerous encounters with each. Trish has a desire to help others encounter the Lord through a recognition of His presence in the ordinary. Her degree is from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, but her home is the South Dakota prairie.

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