Choosing a patron saint is a practice that goes back to the earliest days of the Church. A patron saint is a particularly holy person (usually one who has been officially beatified or canonized by the Catholic Church) whom we ask to intercede for us with God. Having a patron saint does not mean that we cannot approach God directly in prayer, but rather it is asking one who is close to God in heaven to pray for us, just as we would ask a friend to pray for us here on earth.
Patron saints are often chosen for the sacrament of Confirmation, and saints can be patrons of particular occupations (St. Cecilia is the patron of musicians) and situations (St. Jude is the patron of impossible causes).
It is a tradition for many Catholics to choose a patron saint to intercede for them during the New Year, and so Jennifer Fulwiler over at Conversion Diary created a Saint’s Name Generator, which will randomly choose a saint from a database of more than 300 names. This is a great way to learn about saints you are not familiar with, or grow closer to saints you already know!
Head over to the Saint’s Name Generator to pick your patron saint, and may you have a blessed and happy New Year!