From Julie D. at Happy Catholic:
Jean at Catholic Fire is expressing gratitude to her favorite saints for their help on the way by listing them with a few of the traits she admires most. Great idea!
Julie shares her list, and I shall share mine. I'm certain that much of it will surprise no one--but there may be a few surprises.
St Augustine--his real and arduous struggle against the sins of the flesh and his ecstatic love of God.
St. Benedict--level-headedness and clarity, as well as charity in the development of the rule for relilgious life.
St. Catherine of Siena--her determination, her courage, her hard work
Dorothy Day--her sheer grit and determination, her love for the poor, her humility
St. Frances de Sales--his brilliant writing, his pastoral personality
St. Ignatius of Loyola--his missionary zeal, his solid teaching and training in prayer
St. John of the Cross--his poetry, his gentleness, his humor, and his solid, clear teaching.
St. Katherine Drexel--her love for the poor and underprivileged, her life of total self-giving
The Martyrs of Compeigne--their faithful, true and abiding witness to the truth, their prayer for their country, their intercession in bringing about the end of the reign of terror
St. Maximilian Kolbe--his imitation of Christ, his example of love
St. (Blessed?) Nils Stensen--his perfect combination of pastoral ministry as bishop and profound exploration of science. (We have him to thank for the principle of superposition, the principle of original horizontality, his Prodromus--all of which paved the way for the scientific pursuit of paleontology; and Steno's law, or the first law of crystolography [the angles between corresponding faces of a crystal remain constant and characteristic.
St. Paul--his intellect, his will, and his sheer vision and power and his ability to make some of the most complex things simple (and some of the simplest things complex).
St. Teresa of Avila--her down-to-earth humor, her practicality, her rich spirituality.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross--her love for her people, her intellect, and her passion.
St. Teresa Margaret Redi--Her pure and simple love of God, her self-sacrificing service
St. Teresa of the Andes--her pure and abiding love and drive toward God
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta--her joy, her simplicity, her example of service
St. Therese of Lisieux--her strength, her simplicity, her deep love
St. Thomas More--his integrity, his consistency, his nobility, his love of wife and family
My, what a lot of Teresas and derivitives!