Picking a Patron Saint for 2013: You Don’t Have to Be Conventional

Many people like to choose an extra patron saint to pray to each calendar year. With 2013 beginning I have seen a few online generators that help you decide on a patron saint to have for the year. Others like to handpick their extra patron saint each year. Both of these methods are pretty cool, and I think it is a great way for people to learn about new saints they might not have known about before.

I read a post on Happy Catholic recently about how the author Julie picked J.R.R. Tolkien as her saint for 2013. I read the title of the post and I was confused seeing as Tolkien has certainly not been canonized. Her reasoning was that she has been turning to her favorite authors in recent months with special petitions. Although Tolkien isn’t a saint, he certainly led a great life and one that a lot can be learned from. Julie likes to write so it makes sense that her favorite writer can be included in her prayers for the year.

Catholic Messages You Can Find in The Hobbit

Since Peter Jackson’s version of The Hobbit is now out in theaters I figured I would remind everybody that J.R.R. Tolkien was devout Catholic. Tolkien has always been remembered as such, and repeatedly told people that his books namely the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy are chocked full of Catholic morals and lessons. I’ve always been a big fan of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and also find Tolkien’s devotion to his religion to be inspiring.

I came across a post this week titled, “5 Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic”, and thought to myself that it seemed like a cool concept. The post is awesome! It draws comparisons between different aspects of the Hobbit and lessons that Catholics should hopefully find familiar. This guide is pretty cool to somebody who read the book, however it would also make for a great read after seeing the movie. It really helps tie everything together, and clarifies the message Tolkien tried to send in his work.