If you’re struggling with sin, if temptations are half-killing you, if all seems lost - maybe have a word with one of the following in prayer, and ask for a little help. After all, as my parish priest always reminds me, we are a community.
St. Margaret of Cortona
Formerly a mistress and rather loose woman, St. Margaret is now known as being a humble penitent of the Third Order of St. Francis. She struggled with all kinds of sexual sin and temptation during her life, but turned that strife into a newfound love for the poor. If you are the kind of person who struggles in a similar way, perhaps a quick prayer to St. Margeret might be in order?
St. Anthony the Great
The temptations endured by arguably the greatest of the Desert Fathers are the stuff of legend. My admiration for this man was once even declared to be almost pagan by a friend of mine, because I had made him out to be almost heroic in the Greek sense. My own follies aside, I have always considered St. Anthony the Great to be the patron saint of those who struggle with sin and temptation of any and all kinds on a heavier than usual level - indeed, a simple reading of his Vita by none other than St. Athanasius is enough to inspire a Christian for a lifetime.
marking for reference later… THX!
All saints were at one time sinners.
Read Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-
Worshippers Who Became Saints
Saints are not born, they are made. And many, as Saints Behaving Badly reveals, were made of very rough materials indeed. The first book to lay bare the less than saintly behavior of thirty-two venerated holy men and women, it presents the scandalous, spicy, and sleazy detours they took on the road to sainthood.
In nineteenth- and twentieth-century writings about the lives of the saints, authors tended to go out of their way to sanitize their stories, often glossing over the more embarrassing cases with phrases such as, “he/she was once a great sinner.” In the early centuries of the Church and throughout the Middle Ages, however, writers took a more candid and spirited approach to portraying the saints. Exploring sources from a wide range of periods and places, Thomas Craughwell discovered a veritable rogues gallery of sinners-turned-saint. There’s St. Olga, who unleashed a bloodbath on her husband’s assassins; St. Mary of Egypt, who trolled the streets looking for new sexual conquests; and Thomas Becket, who despite his vast riches refused to give his cloak to a man freezing to death in the street.
Except Mary, obviously. But she knows us like a mom.