Some of you probably know how I obtained the companion saints—St. Dismas and St. Veronica—pictured to the right of this post. Some of you may not.
On a post in January, +JMJ+ at Totus Tuus offered to prayerfully handpick a patron saint for those who stopped by her blog. When I saw this, how could I not ask her to pick a saint for me?
Even though I did not know her at all, I trusted that she would pick someone through prayer. For me, she picked St. Dismas and St. Veronica.
First, about St. Dismas …
To be perfectly honest, I never knew that the good thief’s name was Dismas. And I was a bit curious why I was being called to join him in praying for the conversion of prisoners. But I trusted that this was to be part of my faith journey this year.
Then, a few days after this happened, I shared it with my mom, and she got all excited at the mention of St. Dismas’ name. She went on to tell me that when she was in grade school, every Lent her parish had a mission that her family attended. In about 4th or 5th grade, she remembers the mission making a particularly deep impression on her. The Jesuit priests who were giving the mission talked about how the good thief entered the Kingdom that very day, because with a sincere heart he asked Jesus for forgiveness. Like him, we also can experience that same forgiveness each time we go to confession. Since then, she has always loved St. Dismas.
Then, she told me about a retreat she had just attended. One of the women who was on the retreat with her has a nephew in prison. He knew his aunt was going to be making this retreat, so he and some of his inmates wrote a letter to all the retreat participants telling them that they would be praying for them over the weekend. My mom said that the letter was very powerful, knowing that these men are going through great conversion—experiencing that forgiveness—while they are serving their prison sentence.
I was just in awe of this little connection to my 2009 companion saint!
I have thought about that young man and his fellow inmates quite a bit since my mom shared that story with me. God really can work in ALL, if we are open to Him. I will continue to ask St. Dismas to work in their hearts, and in the hearts of so many who are in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
And now for St. Veronica …
+JMJ+ blessed me with two saints, as she said, one to hold each of my hands. St. Veronica has a special place in my heart for one very obvious reason. One of my daughters shares her name.
But with this saint also came an invitation … to comfort Jesus through adoration.
I love Eucharistic adoration. In fact, I just attended a beautiful hour of adoration with my children. It was led by a priest and it was specifically for children and it was amazing! To witness these little kids reverently bowing before Jesus was breath-taking. They were so quiet, so attentive, so prayerful, so beautiful. I can only imagine how pleasing their prayers were to the Lord!
Our parish even has perpetual adoration, so it is quite convenient to slip into the chapel whenever I can.
But I do not have a regular holy hour. And so this has been my prayer-challenge. How do I unite with St. Veronica and encounter Jesus face-to-face? As I prepare for the upcoming Lenten season, this is what I am hoping to figure out.
Thank you, +JMJ+, for this beautiful gift you have given to so many. I already feel more united with my saints, and it has only been a few weeks since I met them.
If you would like a companion saint for 2009, +JMJ+ told me that she is still picking saints for people. Just visit her here.