Brandon Vogt reminded me of this habit when he wrote about choosing a saint for 2013. You know, it seems easier when I think of the calendar year somehow. He linked to Jen Fulwiler's saint's name generator (a clever invention, to be sure ... she's into writing code to relax ... I also have a pal who enjoys reading math books to relax ... love 'em both but do NOT understand them).
So I gave it a whirl.
St. Vladimir I of Kiev
Feast: July 15
Patronage: Converts; Parents of Large Families; Reformed and Penitent Murderers
Eeek! I don't like what that last bit may imply ... but I'm going to ignore it and focus on the "converts" part.
Here's the thing. Brandon's articulating something that I've been doing unconsciously, but didn't notice until his post helped me recognize the pattern.
Lately, I have been turning to my favorite author-mentors in the last few months with special petitions: Flannery O'Connor, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien.
It seems to be a natural outgrowth of my tendency to focus on one of those authors for about a year at a time.
First I read Habit of Being and fell in love with Flannery. Then I became attracted to C.S. Lewis, both due to my book club and many encounters online. Now, I am hip-deep in J.R.R. Tolkien's writing and yearning to read his letters. Now that I think of it, that began around the beginning of the liturgical year when I reread The Hobbit for A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. He's tricksy, that J.R.R.
Let's put a saver on Dorothy Day as I have been dipping into her letters and writing for Catholic Worker a little.
I like the idea that these authors who had saintly yearnings are looking out for those of us who noodle around with words.
At this point, I'm happy to hang with these authors in general, but it seems to me that my year is going to be under J.R.R. Tolkien's protection.