"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." -- Hebrews 12:1-2 This thread isn't really concerning the nature of the Communion of Saints... what it does concern, is who your personal saint is! For those in High Church and Anglo-Catholic cultures, taking up a personal saint or more is natural, knowing that their prayers and intercessions for your spiritual life are powerful. For those of a Low Church, Reformed-Protestant or Broad Church angle, that saint could just be any holy Christian that you admire and desire to emulate. As one born in the Roman Church, I was given the chance to take up a saint as a heavenly godparent (as one has godparents during baptism) as a spiritual advisor in heaven. Mine was Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, or Saint Catherine Tekakwitha. Known as the Lily of the Mohawks, she was a prominent holy woman in the Aboriginal community, especially when, as an Indigenous woman, she chose to stay a virgin for the Lord, and adopted a likewise monastic life. She went to Mass regularly, prayed the rosary fervently, and always carried a rosary and a wooden cross with her. Her last words were "Jesus, Mary, I love you!" O GOD, who among the many marvels of thy grace in the New World didst cause to blossom upon the banks of the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender lily, Saint Catherine Tekakwitha: Grant, we beseech thee, that through her example, our hearts may be enkindled with a stronger desire to imitate her innocence and faith; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.