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A patron saint for the new year- 2015

untitled (2) st.hildegaard_printable_1This is a new concept to me, although apparently it’s  a thing.  You pick a patron saint, or the saint picks you, however you wish to view it, for the year.  There’s a Saint Name Generator here: http://www.conversiondiary.com/2014/12/your-patron-saint-for-2015.html

With the random generator I got:

St. Sebastian

Feast: January 20

Patronage: Against Cattle Disease; Against Enemies of Religion; Against Plague; Archers; Armourers; Athletes; Dying People; Fletchers; Gardeners; Gunsmiths; Hardware Stores; Lace Makers; Lead Workers; Masons; Police Officers; Racquet Makers; Soldiers  (  No, I don’t know what a fletcher is, either.)

I don’t really know what to make of that. No particular meaning is jumping out at me. It will be interesting to do a bit of research and perhaps then some relevance will come to me.

More meaningful to me was the thought as I was about to fall asleep, that St. Hildegard was whispering to me. and something about a B name…Bertha maybe? I couldn’t remember when I woke up the next morning.  Anyway, a quick search led me to Bertha being the daughter of Hildegard and Charlemagne. Interesting, but not really what I was looking for.  I think who I was looking for was St. Hildegard of Bingen.  Her Wikipedia page is here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hildegard_of_Bingen  . Fascinating stuff. I think especially relevant to my life, as she struggled with self-doubt ;

Yet Hildegard was also overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy and hesitated to act.

But although I heard and saw these things, because of doubt and low opinion of myself and because of diverse sayings of men, I refused for a long time a call

and was a prolific writer on healing, both spiritual and physical.  Super relevant.  Eerily super relevant.  To my knowledge, I’d never heard of her before; though she was recently named a Doctor of the Church, so maybe I had , in passing. Anyway, I ordered a cd and a book  to start off the year;  (she also wrote a TON of music) .  This one and this one:

(affiliate links).  I am eager to learn what I can from her, and her writings and music. I think this will be a tremendous year of healing and growth for me, and am glad to have the assistance of St. Hildegard.

So, did you pick a Saint? Who chose you?

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