A Smorgaboard of Saints Print
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 01 November 2007 07:51
In honor of all Saints Day, I thought I'd share some of the remarkable and little known stories of lay "patron saints" (canonized or not) that we routinely tell in the course of our Called & Gifted workshops. Of course, there is no official list of "patron saints" for certain charisms, as we make clear to those who attend, but I've written up a lot of short lives of great Catholics who manifested certain charisms during their lifetime. We encourage participants to take a "saint" as a patron and model for their discernment process. The complete set of bios is available in our Catholic Spiritual Gifts Resource Guide.

Under the rubric of the charism of Administration, I have

Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot (1799-1862)

A gifted administrator, Pauline organized a brilliant method for collecting money for missionary work (which gave rise to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith) and also founded the Association of the Living Rosary. Her remarkable success aroused jealousy (especially in men who refused to acknowledge the gifts and inspiration of this young woman)and when the funds for one of her projects were embezzled by a trusted advisor, many of the Pauline's supporters turned against her and she spent the rest of her life in poverty, trying to pay the donors back. She was a friend of John Vianney, the Cure d'Ars.

St. Margaret of Scotland (1045-1093)

A member of the former Anglo-Saxon royal family (who left England after the conquest by the Normans), Margaret married the illiterate warrior King of Scotland, Malcolm III. Margaret was happy in her marriage and a gifted administrator who was enormously influential for good in her adopted country. Margaret reformed the law courts in the favor of the poor, ransomed slaveds, forbade royal soldiers to loot Scottish homes, founded churches (such as Dunfermline Abbey when she is buried) and organized church synods. Her eight children were all known for their faith and virtue. Here son David inherited the Scottish throne and built this little chapel, now the oldest part of Ediburgh castle, in memory of his mother

Margaret carried an exquisite little book of the Gospels with her everywhere and it now resides in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Listen to this delightful little BBC audio report on Margaret's Gospel Book