If you could meet any Saint, which would it be?
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(04-12-2018, 09:10 PM)BrianW99 Wrote: I'd go with Padre Pio or Maximilian Kolbe. 

How about you and why?
Peace.....St Clare of Assisi - because of her total surrender to God and the deep peace she carried and gave to others - including St Francis!

St Francis - because he was willing to resign from his community in order to stay with his conviction of living in poverty - his love for every creature and person in the world - his courageous visit to the Sultan even when he himself was ill.

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There are many saints that come to mind. 

The Holy Archangel Raphael, the defender against demonic attacks comes to mind. Not to mention the fact that he helped me find my true love.

But, in terms of human saints, I think that I would really want to meet the Fathers of right Christian belief. The Great Hierarchs, St John Chrysostom and St Basil the Great were not only the authors of the two greatest liturgies in Christianity, but also provide such clear moral guidance in their writings, especially the Golden-mouthed John. 

St Nicholas, with his defence of Orthodoxy against heresy combined with true sensitivity for his flock,  is likewise another saint that I would like to meet.

I bet a meeting with these saints wouldn't be easy. They would look at me and immediately say ”look at yourself, Klemens.” But isn't that the reality of our Christian life.
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Those recognized by the Catholic Church first:

St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Like Sacred Heart Lover said, she feels like a friend at this point and she is someone that I can identify with in many struggles.
 
St. Francis of Assisi: I think his life story remains really relevant and approachable to those willing to listen today. As well, animals.
 
St. Jude of Thaddaeus:  I’d like to apologize for bothering with so many desperate cases.
 
St. Seraphim of Sarov: A very wise teacher. His work has been really influential in my life and I’d just like the chance to chat.
 
St. Abraham of Smolensk: He faced many trials and accusations leveled against him by his fellow religious brothers but when times got serious, the people had faith in him. A Biblical scholar that had an apostolate for the sick (as well as poor), how could I not want to meet him?

And then Orthodox just because they are so a part of culture:
 
St. Alexander Nevsky: Constantly named as the greatest Russian who ever lived. Nuff said.
 
St. Fyodor Kuzmich: A starets so he’d give wise spiritual advice but I want to ask if he was really Alexander I like the legend says. And then I’d say it was pretty cool to fake his death to become a hermit.
 
St. Sylvester of Obnorsk: I think it would be cool to meet a hermit that spent his life by a river bank, living on plants, roots and herbs. That’s all. I’d also like to ask about his angelic experience too.

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I would probably stick to my confirmation name, Dominic, that is St. Dominic (de Guzman). I had to write a report on him in preparation for confirmation, though I can't remember what I wrote. I'll dig it up if I can and list the reasons why I chose him.
Unfortunately I don't have any "fun facts" about me unless being a practicing Catholic counts.

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Oh, I forgot St. Roch!

Because of his perfect submission to suffering and being falsely accused, not to mention that God used him to show just how wonderful dogs really are! :)  

(I named one of my dogs St. Roch, but call him Rocky.  There are three St. Rocky's Churches in India.)

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I couldn't read this whole thing, but I already know the story and wanted to share it in case you guys don't know about him! ;)




The Story of St. Roch, Patron Saint of Dogs and Dog Lovers
August 16, 2017 By Gretchen Filz 42 Comments

St. Roch, also known as St. Rocco (c. 1295-1327), was a nobleman from Montpellier, France, the only son of the wealthy governor of the city.

St. Roch was born with an unusual and deep red mark on his chest in the shape of a cross, a sign that the Blessed Virgin Mary had heard and answered his mother’s prayers for her barrenness to be healed. As a child St. Roch was deeply religious, fasting twice a week after the example of his pious mother. His parents died when he was twenty years of age, after which he gave his inheritance to the poor, handed the government of the city over to his uncle, and began a new life as a poor mendicant pilgrim.

Free from all earthly cares, St. Roch joined the Third Order Franciscans, donned the familiar pilgrim’s garb (a common practice of popular piety at the time) and set out on a pilgrimage to visit and pray at the holy places in Rome.
When he came upon the town of Acquapendente near Viterbo, he saw that it was badly struck by the black plague which was wreaking havoc across Europe. He sojourned there for a time to care for the sick both in private homes and in the hospitals—even though doing so was dangerous for himself.

Instead of contracting the highly contagious disease, St. Roch cured many people by simply making the Sign of the Cross over them. He continued his charitable work until the disease was halted from spreading further in the village, after which he continued on his pilgrimage. His miraculous healing power evidenced itself in the same manner in every plague-infested town that he passed through on his way to Rome, and also in Rome itself.

When his travels brought him to the own of Piacenza, he discovered that he was no longer spared from the deadly disease and finally contracted it in the leg. Instead of burdening anyone with his sickness, he commended himself to God and awaited his death in a remote and abandoned forest hut. Providentially, a local count’s hunting dog found and befriended him, bringing him food daily and licking his wounds. A spring arose nearby providing St. Roch with fresh water.

The count, one day following his dog into the woods, discovered and aided the holy pilgrim. Slowly St. Roch’s health was restored, after which he received divine inspiration that he should return to his native Montpellier.

Once there he found the city at war. He refused to disclose his identity to the soldiers so that he could remain poor and unknown, having renounced his former life as the son of the governor. But his obfuscation aroused suspicion, and he was accused of being a spy disguised as a pilgrim. St. Roch did not defend himself against these charges, not wishing to reveal is true identity, and instead entrusted himself completely to God’s will.

St. Roch was cast into prison by his own uncle, who failed to recognize his nephew’s altered appearance. According to legend, St. Roch was forgotten and abandoned in prison, but not by God, who sent angels to minister to him while he was held in captivity. He died there five years later.

As told by a Franciscan hagiographer, Marion A. Habig, O.F.M.:

“When he felt that his end was drawing near, Saint Roch asked that a priest might come and administer the last sacraments. The priest, on entering the prison, beheld it supernaturally lighted up and the poor captive surrounded with special radiance. As death claimed its victim, a tablet appeared on the wall on which an angelic hand wrote in golden letters the name of Roch, and the prediction that all who would invoke his intercession would be delivered from the plague. Informed of all that took place, Saint Roch’s uncle came to the prison and, shortly after, also the governor’s mother, that is, Roch’s grandmother. She identified the dead man as her grandson by the birthmark of the red cross on his breast. They gave him a magnificent funeral and had a church built in his honor, in which his body was entombed. His veneration was approved by several popes and soon spread throughout Europe.”

Later, during the Council of Constance in 1414, the plague broke out again in Rome. The Council Fathers turned to St. Roch, the patron against the plague, and arranged that prayers and public processions be held in his honor, after which the plague ceased.

Because of his patronage against infectious disease, St. Roch was a highly-regarded saint in the late Middle Ages, especially in those Italian towns in which he exercised his healing powers. Many of these town have chosen him as their patron.

St. Roch is often depicted as a pilgrim with a walking staff and seashell (the symbol of a pilgrim), an open sore on his leg, an angel by his side, and a dog at his feet. He is the patron saint of dogs, dog owners, knee problems, surgeons, invalids, bachelors, diseased cattle, and against cholera, plague, skin rashes and diseases, contagious diseases, pestilence, and epidemics. His ‪feast day‬ is August 16th.
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