How did it get to be the end of January already? I have been wanting to write this all month, but never seemed to make the time for it. I really want to sneak this in before the end of this first month of the year.
Back in December, I used Jen Fulwiler's Saint's Name Generator to get my patron saint for the upcoming year. It seems like I have been split fifty-fifty in getting saints that I know versus ones I never heard of before. Sometimes it feels like playing Russian Roulette. Will I get a saint I like? When I first started doing this years ago, I decided that I have to "keep" whatever saint I get. I figure that there has got to be a reason, other than pure randomness, that the saint was chosen for me.
This year, at least for a moment, I was tempted to chose another. When I clicked the button, I was awarded St. Ignatius of Loyola. Unfortunately, I don't have the highest opinion of the priestly order he founded. Usually when I see something of our Catholic faith misrepresented by a priest, many, if not most of the times, it is a Jesuit.
I went to a Jesuit university, and although I know I received a good education, I'm not sure I got a good Catholic one. But, as I write that, I wonder if that says more about me than it does the university. Since I have my "must keep who I get" rule, I think I will use this year to learn more not only about this saint, but about my faith as well.