Afterwards, the two \”youngest\” Sisters distribute special prayer cards made for the occasion. Each Monastery seems to have this tradition, but it is done in slightly different ways. For example, one monastery may have one Patron for the entire community, while here in Lufkin, each Sister has a Patron and intention.
Each Sister receives a special title of Jesus or Mary, plus another saint, such as St. Joseph or a Dominican saint. Then we usually have a beautiful quotation upon which we can mediate throughout the year. Finally, at the bottom of the card is an intention for which each Sister pray during the year. Of course, on the front is always a lovely image and quote. Below you can see a sample of our card for 2020.
|left to right: Sister Mary Gabriel; Sister Mary Christine; Sister Marie Augustine; Sister Irma Marie sharing their cards|
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I learned of this tradition from reading the Diary of St. Faustina, her order did this as you had mentioned many religious communities have this tradition.Thankfully for us lay people, there is a website that does a random Patron Saint of the Year generator.And my Patron Saint of the year is St. Augustine!