Among the greatest of Saints are Doctors of the Church since they manifested often the greatest gift of the Holy Spirit: holy wisdom. Among the many male Doctors, there are now 4 female ones: St. Catherine of Siena, St. Theresa of Avila, recently the Little Flower (St. Therese of Lisieux) and just a couple years ago St. Hildegard Von Bingen of Germany. It’s great to pray the Litany of Saints during November and it’s found in various books or booklets, too. While the Virgin Mary is Queen of Apostles, and St. Margaret Mary of Alacoque a kind of great apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the only gal God literally told is an Apostle is St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy – God’s greatest attribute to us, as revealed to her by Jesus. Also, the Saint of Alacoque learned of Sacred Heart devotion via St. Claude Colombiere, the only saint Jesus called “My faithful servant & PERFECT FRIEND.”
In a way, there were 12 Apostles in France who all had for their first name Marie. All of them were martyred by the guillotine there in the French Revolution, which makes them very much like the Apostles (the majority of whom were martyred)…. I have a hymn that God inspired me with in honor of a saint who saw many angels. Here it is, and I sang it in a farming city on a mission appeal once, as well as in Spanish in Mexico (the priests there loved it): “Saint Isidore of Seville had a farm, he plied his halo. And on his farm he saw some wings, he plied his halo: with an angel here and an angel there, here a bird there a bird, everywhere a-winging. Holy Isidore had a farm, he plied his halo.” Nebraskans smiled and laughed since it goes to the Old McDonald melody too. While certainly our patronal name saints greatly matter, another Isidore does for me: Blessed Isidore Bakanja of Africa, a catechist whipped to death per a slave-owner. He died with the Brown Scapular on and a Rosary in his hand; and he showed me that God finally had a martyr of those sacramentals, and especially the only one by name who died because of spreading the Brown Scapular. That matters much to me since in the early 1990s in Rome there hadn’t been such a Scapular martyr by name in Church history, and I wondered if I could become one since I was turning 33, the age that Jesus died. Just before turning 33 I discovered Isidore in a bookstore as he was about to be beatified, too.
My Emmanuel Chaplet is called also the Chaplet of Divine Grace, Mercy, and Love: for it has a Litany of Love invoking many triplets of kinds of saints to close the Chaplet with such a Communion of Saints.
It’s good to have added more kinds to it privately, too. Amen, I daily add invocation of the nearly 33 Holy Johns who were martyred in Western Europe in about the same century. Too, it’s a blessing to add many other saints that can be learned of nearly daily on the SQPN.com Daily Calendar of Saints by a Mr. Terry Jones, who may get canonized in the future for promoting such wonders of the saints daily: categories to each one, many patronages they have, portraits or even photos of them, etc.