10 Saints Every Student Needs For Going Back to School

by -
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons / Lawrence OP, Flickr / Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons / ChurchPOP

The new school year is quickly approaching and for some it has already begun. With every new academic year there is always great anticipation. Students are eager to see old friends and share their memories of summer, and teachers are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to teach again.

But with all of this excitement, the challenges that come with school loom ahead. Homework, grading, and busy schedules are all imminently close.

[See also: Holy Cuteness! Rare Photos of 12 Saints as Children]

[See also: The Haunting Stories of 5 Saints Who Battled Demons]

Luckily for us, God provides us with heavenly friends to help us through these academic challenges: the saints!

The saints are one of God’s great gifts to humanity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, the saints ‘contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth. When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were “put in charge of many things.’ Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.”

We should constantly ask the saints for guidance and prayers because their prayers are perfect. As members of God’s Heavenly Kingdom, the saints are united to God and His will. Because of this we should rely on them to intercede for us in every aspect of our life including school. The witness of the saints can help us to deal with the struggles that we face in academics, and their prayers can strengthen and encourage us during the difficult times of the year.

As the new academic year begins I invite you to reflect on a few saints that can help enhance your educational experience and save you a lot of stress.

1) St. Thomas Aquinas

Lawrence OP, Flickr
Lawrence OP, Flickr

Anyone associated with education, whether student or faculty, should know St. Thomas Aquinas. He is arguably the most brilliant mind ever produced by the Church. Over the course of his life, Aquinas composed numerous works, most notably his Summa Theologica. Throughout all of his work Aquinas demonstrates his desire to know the truth in all things.

The pursuit of truth is the ultimate goal of education. Learning the truth about the world and our human nature can help lead us to the One who is Truth itself, Jesus Christ. Aquinas helps us to center our study on the Truth, Who is Jesus, in every field of academics. Whether you are teaching a new lesson or studying a new subject it is always wise to seek St. Thomas’ intercession.

For additional information on the Angelic Doctor check out G.K. Chesterton’s book St. Thomas Aquinas.

2) St. John Berchmans

Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

One of the great evils that pervades schools is gossip.

This is not something unique to school, but it is a challenge that faces both students and faculty alike. St. John Berchmans serves an anti-gossip saint. Berchmans was a great student but his most notable quality was his ability to say something nice about everyone. If Berchmans ever witnessed a fellow student getting reprimanded for an indiscretion he would promptly say something positive about him. This charitable practice served as a means of quelling any negative talk about his fellow students.

Gossip is harmful because it defaces the character of an individual, and every type of gossip starts with some kind of negative statement. Berchmans provides us with an antidote to this dreadful vice. He reminds us to have kind words for everyone especially those who are troublemakers or more difficult to love.

3) St. Joseph of Cupertino

Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons
Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

Tests are one of the unfortunate realities of school. But taking tests can be slightly less stressful if you get to know St. Joseph of Cupertino. Joseph was poorly educated as a youth and he continued to struggle academically as he pursued a religious vocation with the Franciscans. Although he was not a scholar, Joseph tirelessly applied himself to his studies.

Yet his tremendous effort still bore little fruit. He continued to struggle academically but he knew that God would provide if He wanted him to be a priest. When he was faced with his final examination that would determine if he was fit for priesthood, he asked the Lord to let him only be asked the questions for which he knew the answers. At this point Joseph had only memorized one passage from the Gospel of Luke. The following day he was examined. He was only asked one question and it was about the passage he had memorized from the Gospel of Luke. Joseph passed his exam and was ordained a priest.

It is no surprise that St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of test takers. He’s a great saint to call upon throughout your academic career especially when you are testing in school. The next time you are faced with an exam try praying one of these prayers:

First Prayer

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favor in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

Through Christ our Lord.

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.

Amen.

Second Prayer

O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination ) examination.

In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.

4-10) The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

via salesianity.blogspot.com
via salesianity.blogspot.com

I first ran across these seven saints when I was preparing for a road trip with some college friends to the Midwest. One night we were discussing our travel plans when I spotted a book on the saints that was resting on a nearby table. I picked up the book and randomly opened to the page about the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. What caught my eye was that they were deemed the patron saints of “planning fun things with friends.” They naturally became our patrons for our road trip.

The Servite Order was founded by these seven holy men, after they received a vision of Mary the Mother of God on the feast of the Assumption. In order to discern the meaning of this vision the seven men dedicated themselves to prayer. During their time of prayer they received another vision of Mary in which she revealed her desire for them to found the Order of Servites. The men joyfully followed the promptings of Mary and established the Servite Order.

Planning is an essential element that pervades every school year. Teachers and students spend generous amounts of time planning events, projects, and other activities. All of these can be moments of grace and sanctification if we are open to the will of God. Through their holy witness, the Seven Holy Founders show us that we can sanctify all of our daily activities, even those that require us to participate in groups.

As the new school year begins I hope you will ask these saints for their intercession. Whether you need assistance with academics, a friend, or classmate these saints can help you in your time of need. Don’t be afraid to call upon them frequently as you begin this new school year.

Originally posted on The Campion

[See also: 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers]

[See also: 6 Saints that Just Would Not Die]

Comments

comments

94 COMMENTS

  1. hello there and thank you for your info – I’ve definitely picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical points using this site, since I experienced to reload the site a lot of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for much more of your respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

  2. I do enjoy the manner in which you have framed this particular difficulty and it does indeed offer me a lot of fodder for consideration. Nevertheless, from what precisely I have witnessed, I really hope when other commentary stack on that people keep on issue and not embark upon a tirade involving some other news du jour. Yet, thank you for this fantastic point and though I do not necessarily concur with this in totality, I value the standpoint.

  3. This is very attention-grabbing, You’re a very professional blogger. I have joined your feed and stay up for in search of extra of your fantastic post. Additionally, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

  4. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road. Cheers

  5. Good day! This is my first reply on this site so I really wanted to say a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest any other websites that go over lucky patcher app? I am as well really keen on this! Thanks for your time!

  6. I am actually loving the theme of your blog. Do you come across any browser interface problems? A number of my own blog visitors have complained about my intercom phone system for home website not working effectively in Explorer though looks wonderful in Safari. Are there any kind of suggestions to aid correct that problem?

  7. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  8. I personally came right here from some other website on the subject of firestarter apk download and thought I may as well look at this. I adore the things I see so I am just following you. Looking towards looking over the site back again.

  9. I’m interested to find out just what website platform you’re using? I’m experiencing a few slight security problems with the most recent website about instagram followers app so I’d like to find something a lot more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

  10. Our LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) HGV training is based in East London, and our LGV/ HGV courses are taught by qualified DVSA LGV & HGV trainers. LGV was formerly known as HGV, where it used to be referred to as HGV Class 2 (now called LGV Category C) and HGV class 1 (Now called LGV Category C+E).

  11. Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and comprehensive facts you present. It’s amazing to discover a site occasionally which is just not the same unwanted re-written material. Amazing read! We have saved your blog and I’m including your RSS feeds to our tv shows online site.

  12. I felt amazing reading this and I feel you’re really correct. Tell me if perhaps you are looking into personal injury lawyers, this is my major competency. I really hope to see you soon enough, be careful!

  13. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The issue is something not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this during my search for something regarding this.|

  14. Thanks for your marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come back sometime soon. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great writing, have a nice weekend!|

  15. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and will come back from now on. I want to encourage one to continue your great posts, have a nice weekend!|

  16. Excellent items from you, man. I’ve consider your stuff previous to and you are simply extremely magnificent. I actually like what you’ve received here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which during which you say it. You’re making it entertaining and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can not wait to learn much more from you. That is really a terrific website.|

  17. Thanks for any other informative website. Where else may I get that type of info written in such an ideal way? I have a mission that I am simply now working on, and I have been at the glance out for such information.|

  18. Howdy this is kinda of off topic but I was wanting to know if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!|

  19. Simply want to say your article is as astounding. The clearness in your post is just nice and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.|

  20. Hi there are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!|

  21. I’m extremely inspired with your writing talents as neatly as with the format for your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice high quality writing, it’s uncommon to look a great weblog like this one today..|

  22. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; many of us have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to swap strategies with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.|

  23. Excellent website you have here but I was curious if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get feedback from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Appreciate it!|

  24. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is actually a tremendous web site.

  25. Very good site you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about here? I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Many thanks!|

  26. Very good site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Kudos!|

  27. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on various websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!|

  28. After looking over a handful of the articles on your web page, I really like your way of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my web site too and let me know how you feel.|

  29. I’ve been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.|

  30. Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam remarks? If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any support is very much appreciated.|

  31. After checking out a few of the articles on your web site, I seriously like your technique of blogging. I added it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web site as well and let me know how you feel.|

  32. Hello there, You’ve performed an excellent job. I’ll certainly digg it and for my part recommend to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this site.|

  33. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with? I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!|

  34. Can I simply just say what a comfort to uncover somebody that genuinely knows what they are discussing on the internet. You actually realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people have to look at this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you are not more popular since you definitely have the gift.|

  35. I’m extremely pleased to discover this web site. I need to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely savored every part of it and I have you saved as a favorite to look at new stuff on your web site.|

  36. Very good blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Thanks a lot!|

  37. I’m not sure exactly why but this website is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.|

  38. I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already ;) Cheers!|

Leave a Reply