I love saints. Especially ones I can relate to. I’m really close to St. Faustina (my confirmation saint), St. Therese of Liseaux, St. Joan of Arc, and St. Maria Goretti. They are just amazing women of God, and I can really relate to them.
Does anyone else know of some saints a 16 year old girl can relate to?
St. Agnes was a Roman girl who was only thirteen years old when she suffered martyrdom for her Faith. Agnes had made a promise, a promise to God never to stain her purity. Her love for the Lord was very great and she hated sin even more than death! Since she was very beautiful, many young men wished to marry Agnes, but she would always say, “Jesus Christ is my only Spouse.”
Procop, the Governor’s son, became very angry when she refused him. He had tried to win her for his wife with rich gifts and promises, but the beautiful young girl kept saying, “I am already promised to the Lord of the Universe. He is more splendid than the sun and the stars, and He has said He will never leave me!” In great anger, Procop accused her of being a Christian and brought her to his father, the Governor. The Governor promised Agnes wonderful gifts if she would only deny God, but Agnes refused. He tried to change her mind by putting her in chains, but her lovely face shone with joy. Next he sent her to a place of sin, but an Angel protected her. At last, she was condemned to death. Even the pagans cried to see such a young and beautiful girl going to death. Yet, Agnes was as happy as a bride on her wedding day. She did not pay attention to those who begged her to save herself. “I would offend my Spouse,” she said, “if I were to try to please you. He chose me first and He shall have me!” Then she prayed and bowed her head for the death-stroke of the sword.
I’m a 16 year old girl as well. I love St. Gemma Galgani. When she was orphaned at 18, she declined 2 marriage proposals so that she could take care of her younger siblings. She received the stigmata and lived a short, but incredibly holy life.
St. Agnes was my favorite saint as a little girl. I liked how she was really young, but she was still a big important Saint. She really is a role model, and special young lady of God. When I was about 11, She was going to be my confirmation saint. But then I met Joan of Arc…and then I met Faustina.
St Gemma is my patron:thumbsup: I found her on these forums not long ago, and this year her feast day and my birthday was on Holy Saturday Aprill 11. I got lots of favours. A great day. She died Holy Saturday Aprill 11, 1903 you know. Next year our big day is Divine Mercy Sunday April 11 too. Can’t wait to see what happens this day. She’s one of the greats and my favourite;)
May the Gem of Christ pray for you without ceasing:thumbsup:
Here is a short note based on something I wrote for girls who were considering which Confirmation Name to take…
Saints for Girls
There are many ways to be a good person. We are not all made the same. And there are many paths to becoming a Saint, even though the intention is always the same: to please Our Lord as much as is within our power.
Here are four very different saints. S. Brigid of Ireland was a nun who organised one of the most important communities that helped build the Golden Age of Ireland.** S. Joan of Arc** was a warrior, who led the rightful King to his throne. S. Therese was the Saint of The Little Way. S. Maria Goretti was a Virgin Martyr at the age of only twelve.
(Also spelt Brighid or Bríd), generally pronounced either “Bridget” [which is really the name of Bridget of Sweden] or “Breed”.
Saint Brighid is known as the Second Patron Saint of Ireland and “the Mary of the Gael”.
Brigid was born in the Fifth Century, the Century of the Barbarian Invasions and the Fall of the Roman Empire. It is said her mother was baptised by Saint Patrick himself. Her father was a chieftain, and her mother a Christian slave. Brigid was very beautiful (which embarrased her), intelligent and high-spirited, generous and devoted to God. She was sold in childhood as a slave to Dubthach (Duffy) the Druid, whom she enraged by giving his valuable possessions to the poor, and refusing to marry. He offered to sell her to Dunlang, the King of Leinster, but while he was discussing this with the King she gave his jewelled sword from his chariot to a passing leper. King Dunlang told Dubthach, “I cannot purchase her because she is more precious than silver or gold. She stands higher before God than we. Let her choose her way in life”.
She founded the first convent in Ireland at Kildare — Cill Dara (the Church of the Oak) — and ruled there for many years. It was not merely a religious community: scholars from all over Europe were welcome to stay rent-free as long as they wished. Kildare was, in fact, one of the most important communities of scholars in all of Europe, preserving the light of civilisation after the Roman Empire had fallen. She was important in establishing the Golden Age of Ireland, just at the time when the rest of Europe, from the 5th to 7th centuries, was slipping into the Dark Ages. Saxon princes were sent over from England and many other countries to be educated there. It was in these days that Ireland was known as “The Land of Saints and Scholars”.
Her hospitality – and her Home Brew – were famous throughout all of Ireland. Her one desire was to aid the poor and needy and relieve those in distress.
The Queen of Leinster presented her with a valuable golden chain, but Bríd gave it to the first beggar who came by.
One of her friends once brought her a basket of choice apples and saw her immediately hand them out to the crowd of sick people thronging about her.
Her feast day is February 1, First Day of Spring in Ireland. In traditional Irish the month of February is named “Mí na Féile Bríde” - 'The Month of the Feast of Brigid".
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