The Guardian Angel
Protecting, guiding the path with kindness
When a listener without judgment is needed, she is there. When a companion in sorrow is called upon, she is there. When of coins you are bereft, she is there, palm outstretched and overflowing. Always. Constant. Consistently kind and loving. Ever protective of those she loves. She exudes a hidden courage that feeds her soul, so that she can feed yours. The always burning light that shines within her spills out onto all around her.
The Guardian Angel gives us the gift of reminding us to be a guardian for others.
St Therese of Lisieux
Like a flower blooming, so too do we grow in light.
Thérèse of Lisieux, born Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin (1873 –1897 CE), also known as Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. She is popularly known as "The Little Flower of Jesus", or simply "The Little Flower.” Along with her four sisters, she was cloistered as a Carmelite, devoted to service and prayer. She died at age 24 of tuberculosis. A prolific writer, she authored poems, plays, letters, prayers, and a memoir, The Story of a Soul. This manuscript was so impactful that Pope Pius XI called her the “star of his pontificate,” and began the process of canonization only 17 years after her death. She was canonized in 1925. In 1944 Pope Pius XII declared her co-patron of France with Joan of Arc, and in 1998 Pope John Paul II declared her the thirty-third Doctor of the Church, the youngest person, and only one of four women to being so-named.
Patron Saint of people living with AIDS, aviators, flower growers and sellers, missionaries, sick people (particularly those with tuberculosis), and those whose parents have died.
St. Therese gives us the gift of steadfast devotion to our beliefs.
Creating, building, connecting all that is.
Source of ancient wisdom and grace, and font of fertility, The Goddess is the bearer of burdens and the giver of life. She embodies the mystical Maiden, the munificent Mother, and the compassionate Crone. She exudes power, compassion, and strength. In her many forms in many cultures over millennia, she has been both creatrix and destroyer. She is the huntress, the hearthbuilder, the healer. She is Everywoman.
The Goddess gives us the gift of reminding us that we too carry the creative spark of divinity.
Aiming true to the heart of the matter
Born in Milan? Gaul? 256 CE; died in Rome 288 CE. In 283 CE he joined the Roman army, becoming a courageous captain, yet attempting to aid Christian martyrs. He is said to have converted many to Christianity, including a high-ranking military official’s wife, who had been mute for six years before her conversion. When Sebastian’s Christianity was discovered, he was bound to a stake and archers shot arrows into his body. Assuming he was dead, Irene of Rome retrieved his body, but upon discovering he was alive, nursed him back to health. When Sebastian harangued the emperor for his cruelty again Christians, he was sentenced to be beaten to death with cudgels. A woman named Lucina arranged to bury his body in the catacombs at the entrance to Calixtus cemetery, where the Basilica of St. Sebastian stands today. He gained a reputation during the Middle Ages as a protector again plagues. Renaissance paintings depict him having a beautiful, barely clad, body shot full of arrows, and he has become an unofficial patron for gay men.
Patron Saint against plagues, cattle disease; patron saint of dying people, athletes, bookbinders, soldiers, lace makers, police officers, stonemasons, archers.
St. Sebastian gives us the gift of being able to direct intentions toward their intended target.