Perhaps it takes a Sunday Mass Church bulletin to get me in the mood for writing again.
Have you noticed I’ve been absent? You can tell I’ve neglected this baby, a very obvious abandonment of sorts, I even have called it a writer’s block. BUT you never know when inspiration strikes and yesterday it suddenly did.
Yo tenia un amigo, muy querido para mi, and someone I miss every day, that used to tell me, “Cuando no sale por inspiración, sale por disciplina…” in reference to writing and making something out of nothing. So if it’s not inspiration then it’s discipline, right? Well my friends, I have been lacking both. Nomás no podía…I couldn’t start typing anything that made sense. All drafts went down the delete icon… But enough about that, nobody needs to hear the why’s and the hows. Solo que ayer, as I was reading my Church bulletin (St. Victor’s in West Hollywood) I came across a few items that caught my eye and somehow it made sense to share it on the only platform I feel comfortable in sharing it: my blog.
Full disclosure, I do not know the writer of this item, nor the editor of the Bulletin, but it was published on Sunday Sept. 9, twenty third Sunday in ordinary time, at Saint Victor’s West Hollywood Church Bulletin, on page 3. And it made me want to share it because you all know I have my favorite Saints that I’ve written about in the past (San Judas Tadeo y San Antonio de Padua) but this little write up explains it in a way that all you people of faith out there can probably relate.
Así que para quien le sirva, and God knows we all need a little help and intercession sometimes, here’s a handy little guide to los santitos que nos puedan echar a little manita.
What are Patron Saints? Patron Saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over areas of life. These areas can include occupations, illnesses, churches, countries, causes- anything that is important to us. The earliest records show that people and churches were named after apostles and martyrs as early as the fourth century.
In recent years, the popes have named patron saints, but patrons can be chosen by other individuals or groups as well. Patron saints are often chosen today because of an interest, talent or event in their lives reflects that particular aspect of life.
For example, Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron of ecologists. Francis de Sales was a writer, and so he is patron saint of journalists and writers. Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was to ill to leave her bed she say and heard Christmas Mass—even thouh it was taking place miles away. Lucy is the patron saint of people with eye trouble. St. Joseph watches over carpenters and all other workers. Lawyers have Thomas More, and physicians have St. Luke. If you are stranded at the airport. St. Joseph of Cupertino is on call because he was said to rise off the floor when he prayed.
Angels can also be named as patron saints. An individual born on the feast day of a saint is often named after that saint who then becomes his or her own patron saint. A patron saint can help us when we follow the example of that saint’s life and when we ask for that saint’s intercessory prayers to God.
So there you have it. Maybe it was Saint Francis de Sales who interceded for me y el que me prendió el foco para escribir de nuevo....or maybe it was my dear friend.
So I am back… and if you’re still reading, thank you so much for your patience! I promise not to stay gone so long.