Monday, July 25, 2011
St. Sadie Hawkins
A saint? Where have you been?
Let's start with St Agnes. I'll give you a moment to peruse the material. Some people took exception with all the machinations involved in calling upon her. They are the same people who refuse to bury St. Joseph in the front yard to sell their houses. To them I say the same thing you should say to the man that got away, "It's your loss."
I can understand how you may have missed this post way back in the archives. Perhaps while you were patiently waiting for me to answer, you read about St. Catherine of Alexandria and the increasing desperate prayers that may be said for her intercession as a Heavenly matchmaker.
I would like to throw in St. Cecilia as a good pick. First of all, St. Cecilia, who is that patron saint of music and musicians, had absolutely not one thing to do with music or musicians. Her patronage of the melodically inclined comes from a line in a poem about her that mentions her singing in Heaven. Or playing the organ? I'll have to look that up. In any case, she is often depicted in art, in particularly on holy cards, seated at the organ with the angels as a chorus.
The reason I think she would be a good pick is twofold. Virgin martyrs are on the short list for saints to whom we pray for mates and St. Cecila was a virgin martyr. But St. Cecilia, virgin that she was, had a boyfriend! Many of the virgin martyrs ended up being martyrs because they had spurned some potential boyfriend who then had the poor girl arrested out of spite. Things went south from there, as in the case of St. Lucy. St. Cecilia, on the other hand, had a lovely young man to whom she was engaged. When she told him she wanted to become a Christian and remain chaste, even if they were married, he said, "Fine with me."
Now that is some excellent boyfriend material. You and St. Cecilia! A match made in Heaven!