Our family prayers in the evening are very short. Typically 3 Hail Marys followed by our litany to our own special patron saints. Honestly, we still don’t all remember to say our prayers before we start dropping off to sleep, but we’re working on making it a habit earlier in the evening!
When we first began our courtship, we only had four saints in our litany. Two of my special heavenly friends, and two that were especially close to The Hunter.
My first and dearest patron is St. Therese of Lisieux. My mom read me a TAN children’s story of The Little Flower many years ago. I loved her striving for holiness as a young child and the story of her fishing trips with her father. When the time came, I chose St. Therese (she chose me?) as my Confirmation saint.
St. Therese has been with me for many years–and our relationship changes as I grow. I can still learn so much from her! I loved reading the account of her sister, Celine, who followed Therese to Carmel and was a novice under St. Therese’s formation. I thought that with Celine, I can learn from Therese!
Five years ago, I was blessed to visit Lisieux, and the home of Therese and her family, her bedroom, her toys and dresses, her parish church, and many scenes from her life that I am so familiar with!
Now, I also try to learn from Therese’s parents–but that comes a little later in our litany. Check back soon for the story of our litany and how it has grown!