Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Saintly Meme

Mary, of the Beautiful Gate, tagged me for this saintly meme.

Assuming you are a saint, and your cause has been executed, your miracles confirmed, your date on the calendar established, all that is required is select that of which Holy Mother Church will name you Patron(ess).

For this meme, you must name your patronage and then tag 5 other people who would like to play along. Link your answer to your nominator's post.

I doubt any one will be surprised at my choice of patronage. I hope the Lord would name me the patron saint of survivors of child sexual abuse. I already have a head start on saying intercessory prayers for all survivors and I am doing my best to shine Jesus' light into the dark corners of the world of child sexual abuse.

All I know for sure is that I long for the day when there are no more victims and I can sit on Jesus' lap and watch as He wipes away the tears from everyone's eyes.

In the meantime, I tag the following saints-to-be:
Evan, at Evan's Cove
munchesmom, at Four Blessings Academy



Sue Elvis said...

Hi Colleen,

"All I know for sure is that I long for the day when there are no more victims and I can sit on Jesus' lap and watch as He wipes away the tears from everyone's eyes." This is such a beautiful image.

I think that the work we do for God is all wrapped up in our own sufferings. When we help others with compassion it gives meaning to our own experiences. I did not suffer sexual abuse as a child. I can only imagine the pain. But I am sure you make such a difference to those who suffer in this way.

Thank you for tagging me! I've never joined in anything like this before - too shy to do so without being gently pushed! I shall enjoy writing something. God bless.

Colleen said...

Sue, thank you for your lovely comment. I agree that God comes to us where we are and uses that experience and suffering to help others. It really does give meaning to our pain doesnt it?
I understand the shyness! I often do not tag people for the same reason! But I thought this meme can be both meaningful and/or just plain fun. Do whatever you want with it!

Jackie Parkes said...

Hi Colleen can u link to my new blog? Heart speaks Unto Heart..

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Thanks for tagging me:)
Your intercession is a powerful healing vessel and blessing to the world!

munchesmom said...

Thanks for the tag, Colleen! I'll give it some thought & let you know when I post mine.

Karinann said...

You will be an even more powerful intercessor for victims and survivors in heaven than you are already here on earth. I join you in your prayer for an end to this awful scourge on our children. I love the image of you on Jesus' lap watching Him wipe away every tear.
Thanks for sharing. Hugs & blessings!

Kathleen Basi said...

Good for you...the children definitely need a patron!

Thanks for the tag. I've never thought about what I might be patron of. :) It's kind of a question of what charism God has gifted us, what we're called to do with it. I'll have to think about it for a while.

munchesmom said...

I just posted mine, Colleen. Thanks again for tagging me.

Your patronage is a wonderful choice & one which many could use! I know your prayers are powerful!

Colleen said...

Jackie, done!! Looks great

Colleen said...

Judy, thank you!!

munchesmom, great! I look forward to it!! I had to take some time myself.

Karinann, thank you for your kind words and hugs and for joining in my prayer. I love that image too and will keep it with me.

mary333 said...

No, I was not surprised. This meme has surprised me though. In the majority of the posts I've read the person's patronage seems to be a continuation of that for which they already intercede for most strongly on earth. I have no doubt that our patronages are already beginning here on earth and in heaven these will indeed be our "special causes", canonized or not. I know we all intercede for many people and reasons but each person seems to have a particular intercessory calling.
I pray for an end to child sexual abuse too. This crime bothers me more than any other in the world. I know far too many people who have been abused in this way. Every day I pray for the daughter of a friend of mine who was raped. Her first suicide attempt came when she was barely 14 years old and she has tried two more times since then. She is also a "cutter". I have known her since she was born and it breaks my heart to see her like this. What is frightening is HOW MANY people I know who have been sexually abused.

You are in my prayers as are all the victims of this terrible crime.

Colleen said...

Kathleen, I had to ponder it for awhile too although I think I knew it anyway. Just wanted to make sure. I agree, God has already give us the answer.

munchesmom, thank you! I will be by to visit - soon! :)

Colleen said...

Mary, thanks for tagging me. This has been a real eye opener hasnt it? I was surprised by the meme too.
Thank you for praying with me, too. Your friend's daughter is in my prayers as well. What pain she must be feeling.

evanscove said...

I'm so sorry that you went through such a terrible thing, but at least you're reaching out to others who have experienced sexual abuse as well. I'm sure when you're in heaven you'll continue to intercede for such people anyway, even if you're never canonized.

It seems that we would like to become patron saints of issues that we have dealt with ourselves, because we want to help those who are having to go through them. I'm certainly no different.

God bless!


evanscove said...

Oh, and I finally got around to writing a response on my blog to your "patron saint" challenge. I would want to be the intercessor for those dealing with anxiety disorders. (If there isn't already a patron saint for that.)

May we all be a blessing to others here on earth and in heaven!


Colleen said...

Evan, thank you. I will come to read your post! I agree that we seem to want to be patron saints for things we understand or know about. Interesting meme! God bless.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Bless everyone who is being so generous in using their suffering to show the love of God to others. Maybe I'd be the patron saint of fibromyalgia sufferers.

Colleen said...

Barb, thanks for joining in! Bless you too!