I just wondering if you guys had any favorite/patron saints and how they've affected your spiritual lives. Or if you guys had any great manly saints that you know that are awesome examples of manly holiness.
My patrons are St. Michael, St. Andrew,and St Joseph. Some favorites saints of mine are St. Francis, St Josemaria Escriva, St. Peter and a few others but it's getting late and I'm having trouble thinking straight.
I've always liked St. John the Evangelist, I think his message is the epitome of Christ's life and the gospel- spread the good news.
Good ones. I like St. John Bosco, St. Peregrine, St. Bernadette, St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Polycarp of Smyrna for their writings, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher from the English revolt. Topping the list is the Virgin Mary and St. Peter. His brother Andrew has to be a favorite. And, of course, St. Daddy - which of us parents aren't like a Saint?!? Just kidding on the last.
I like Saint Hubert, his story is very cool and appeals to an outdoorsman like myself. I also like Saint Bartholomew
Like you, St. Michael and St. Joseph.
Also, I believe a good example of a manly saint is St. Martin of Tours. As a former military man (who went on to become bishop), his iconography usually shows him in armor, on horseback. A beggar pleads at Martin's feet, and our Saint hacks his own mantle in two, giving half to the poor man. As a warrior, he is strong; as a man, he is compassionate. Anything more manly than that?
BTW, we might even consider as manly some young boy saints. St. Tarcisius for his courage; St. Dominic Savio for his determination; Bl. Fancisco Marto, a deep contemplative at age ten!
St. Augustine, St. Martin of Tours is a good one to. There is a story of St. Martin while he was in pagan territory, they were going to crush a tree over him by cutting it and I guess a chief said if you God is so powerful let him save you or something to that affect. So as the tree was falling towards him right as it was over his head it suddenly sharply veered away and landed beside him. Needles to say he converted many pagans that day.
Another great manly saint is Bl. Miguel Pro. He is a great example of fortitude in the face of true adversity. Here's a link that tells his story. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=86
Also, there's Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=6994 He's an excellent example that being holy doesn't mean being a "nice guy"
I find myself drawn to St. Francis de Sales (for his evangelization) and St. Thomas More (for standing firm in his faith).
Well, being a bit "old school", I've got St. Christopher medals in BOTH cars. And St. Francis Assisi soon goes in the back yard.
St. Joe. What does it say of this man's virtue when we consider what God entrusted him with?
Another good holy man of God is Fr. Emil Kapaun. He was an army chaplain in the Korean war and died a prisoner of war. He was just named servant of God so he is on the pathood to becoming a saint.
Thanks for this, Neil. There are several "combat priests" under consideration. What great examples for us all, especially the young men sacrificing so much to serve, and for their families and friends.
Hello everyone. I admit I have been a bit lax with my spiritual reading but two of the most appealing saints that I read about were St. Ignatius of Loyola and Maximilian Kolbe. I will post links to their stories later, but those two saints definitely inspired me with the lives they lived. I recently picked up St. Augustine's Confessions, is someone here familiar with the book? If so, what advice can you offer me to enhance my reading and appreciation of it?