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Saints for Young Adults: Role Models for Today's Generation

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

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Here are four inspiring saints whom every young adult can look up to and seek guidance from.

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Feast Day: September 5

Patronage: missionaries, the poor, and the dying

How to get to know her more:

1. Read about her life and mission of serving the poorest of the poor in her autobiography, "Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light."

2. Volunteer at a local shelter or charity organization to experience firsthand the joy of serving others, just as she did.

3. Learn about her unwavering faith and dedication to prayer, and incorporate these practices into your own spiritual life.

4. Pray for her intercession for compassion and selflessness in your own life.

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Saint John Paul II

Feast Day: October 22

Patronage: young people, families, and World Youth Day

How to get to know him more:

1. Explore the life and teachings of Saint John Paul II through his encyclicals, such as "Theology of the Body" and "Evangelium Vitae."

2. Participate in World Youth Day events or join a young adult group at your local parish to connect with others who share your faith.

3. Learn about his strong defense of human dignity and the sanctity of life, and strive to live out these values in your own actions and relationships.

4. Seek his intercession for guidance and strength in living a life of holiness.

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Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Feast Day: April 28

Patronage: mothers, physicians, and unborn children

How to get to know her more:

1. Read about her life and the difficult choices she faced in "Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: A Woman's Life, 1922-1962."

2. Reflect on her unwavering commitment to her Catholic faith and her dedication to her family.

3. Learn about her profession as a physician and the importance she placed on the dignity of every human life.

4. Pray for her intercession for strength and wisdom in making ethical decisions and living out your vocation.

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Feast Day: July 31

Patronage: soldiers, educators, and retreats

How to get to know him more:

1. Explore the life and spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola through his autobiography, "The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola."

2. Consider participating in a retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius to deepen your relationship with God.

3. Learn about his emphasis on discernment and the importance of making choices rooted in prayer and reflection.

4. Seek his intercession for guidance and discernment in your own life choices.

Do you have any other go-to saints for young adults? Who are they? Tell me about them in the comments.

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