Colleen, of Thoughts on Grace tagged me for this saintly meme.

Assuming you are a saint, and your cause has been executed, your miracles confirmed, your date on the calendar established, all that is required is select that of which Holy Mother Church will name you Patron(ess).

For this meme, you must name your patronage and then tag 5 other people who would like to play along. Link your answer to your nominator's post.

It seems to me that when we suffer in any way we grow in compassion towards those who are likewise afflicted. We know the pain intimately. We understand. We want to help. So it makes sense that I am likely to be made a patron saint of a cause that I have experienced. (If I am made a patron saint at all.)
What have I experienced? Miscarriage and child loss spring to mind at once. I think of all the intentions I pray for at the moment and they are dominated by pleas to help those grieving. So I could join Colleen of Inadequate Disciple as a patron saint of infant loss.
Then again, Colleen might be so effective a patron on her own, (she is a kindred spirit),  I might be assigned to another cause. How about patron saint of converts? I am a convert and I had numerable difficulties as a new Catholic before I began to feel I belonged. So many times I could have drifted away from the Church. There must have been someone praying hard for me. But I am sure there are already adequate patron saints of converts.
How about something a bit more obscure? I could be the patron saint of home renters. After praying for suitable rental houses for nearly 25 years, I understand the stress involved in finding suitable accommodation for a large and growing family. Yes, I could pray some heartfelt prayers for all families who don’t own their own homes.
Maybe I will be the patron saint of something yet to be invented. I love the story of St Clare of Assisi who was named the patron saint of television (can you imagine a person less likely to watch television?) The reason? One Christmas she was too sick to leave her bed to attend Mass, but she saw and heard everything even though Mass was taking place many miles away.
Andy suggests I could be the patron saint of sleepless nights. Or more specifically I could pray for those with severe and itchy eczema or restless leg syndrome. I don’t actually pray for relief from these annoying conditions. What I pray for is acceptance.
Hey! That’s the perfect cause. I could be the patron saint of acceptance. In this way I could be the patron saint of many causes.  I could intercede for those who suffer in any way and ask for acceptance and the resulting peace that comes from abandoning oneself to God.
The only problem is I will have to work a bit harder on accepting my own circumstances before I could be put forward as an example to anyone else. Acceptance… will I ever perfect it?
I hope the following five bloggers will accept my invitation to continue the fun. I am tagging:
Noreen at Rosary Mom

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  1. Oh sue,
    I haven't been memed ever. I am humbled. I was thinking all the way through your post what could ""I""-me., be Patron Saint. Me i'm not worthy, but you will have tofind out when I write my post.
    God Bless
    Leanne

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  2. I am so pleased, Leanne, you will write a patron saints post too. I was so surprised when Colleen tagged me for this meme. I haven't been involved in anything like this before either. I am glad you didn't mind me asking and I can't wait to read what you write...

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  3. Thank you, Victor! I am glad I didn't mess up my very first meme. It was nice of Colleen to invite me to join in. God bless!

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  4. Sue, great job! You went about it in a unique way and I just love it! Memes are fun but this meme seemed to have more depth to it. We had to really ponder our lives. I hope you enjoyed it! God bless!

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  5. Thank you fo getting me involved, Colleen. Yes, I did enjoy the meme. You are right: I had to do some pondering on my life before I could decide on an approriate cause. It was interesting and fun writing on someone else's topic instead of one of my own. The meme was a great idea! God bless.

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  7. I published your comment, Stephanie without thinking, but because it has personal details in it, I thought it better to delete it. Hope that's OK! No hurry with this meme. If you'd like to participate then I'd love to read your story. However, if it is not a good time for you, that's fine too! God bless.

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  8. Yes, we probably all need to learn to accept certain things rather than always fighting them or bemoaning our condition. Frankly, I could probably be the patron saint of learning to accept trials and tribulations--if I could only learn to be more accepting...

    I enjoyed your post. And I too can think of multiple things that I could be a patron saint for, as I've been through sundry difficulties.

    Evan

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  9. Thank you for sharing my post, Evan.

    We all have our particular sufferings, and I think this meme has given us the opportunity to look at them and regard them positively: our sufferings give us the compassion and urge to help others in similar situations and so we pray... and how fortunate we are to have patron saints to pray for us!

    I know I need to be more accepting of trials and tribulations too, Evan. Thank you for taking the time to stop and comment.

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  10. I knew you'd have a unique perspective on this meme :) The patron saint of acceptance - I love that. No doubt you'll continue your intercessory work in heaven for those who have lost infants too since the Lord has already started this work in you here. I have guessed 90% of the patronages people would pick before they wrote their memes. I knew you would pick the patronage for those who lost babies but the other stuff caught me off guard. Great post! I love reading meme's like these - they give me more insight about the writer.

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  11. Thank you, Mary!
    Yes, I think we found out a little more about each other as we shared the meme stories. I guessed Victor's and Colleen Spiro's choice of saint. I hadn't visited Colleen's (Inadequate Disciple) blog before the meme and I was so delighted to find she is a kindred spirit. No doubt, like Colleen, when I am in heaven, I will be praying for all grief stricken parents who have lost babies.


    God bless!

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