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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tag! I'm It!

Allison, who blogs at Rambling Follower tagged me in a new blog meme:

The rules are as follows:

"Assuming you are a saint, and your cause has been executed, your miracles confirmed, your date on the calendar established, all that is required is to select that of which Holy Mother Church will name you Patron (ess) of.

For this meme, you must name your patronage
and then tag 5 other people who would like to play along.

Linking your answer to your nominator's post 
would make it easier to get your answers."

Well, to tell you the truth, the first thing I had to do was look up "meme".  Being relatively new to the blogging biz, I have seen this word before, but never explored the meaning.  So, here's what I found out: A meme, according to Wikipedia (that bastion of accurate and impartial information) is "...an idea that is propagated through the World Wide Web. The idea may take the form of a hyperlink, video, picture, website, hashtag, or just a word or phrase, such as intentionally misspelling the word "more" as "moar". The meme may spread from person to person via social networksblogs, direct email, news sources, or other web-based services."

(Which was clear as mud to me, because then I had to look up "hyperlink", and "hashtag".)  

So I decided to merely answer the question.  If I were a saint, I would probably be pretty no-nonsense and practical. I don't have any of the qualities of Teresa of Avila or Mother Teresa of Calcutta, except a propensity for grouchiness.  I hear that Teresa of Avila could be pretty grumpy, but wouldn't you be grumpy too if you had a golden dart plunged in your heart?  And Mother Teresa wasn't kidding around when she told her donors that her sisters didn't need rugs in their convent, thank you very much, and threw them out the window.

So, while these two saints probably already have it locked up, I would say that if I were a saint, I would like to be the patroness of grumpy people.  They could seek my intercession when they say something without thinking (been there) or snapped at someone needlessly (done that), and were seeking help to stop grumping and grouching and making their spouses or children or friends or coworkers miserable.

Yup.  That's it.  If I were a saint, I would be the patroness of grumpy people.

St. Paula of Douglas, pray for us!

I am tagging the following five people:

2.  Judith at Sense of Wonder
3.  Sharon at On A Mission
4.  Lisa at Granola Catholic
5.  Mrs. B at Joy Beyond the Cross


  1. Well St. Paula of Douglas I love your blog!!! Saint Grumpy indeed, you made me smile...I think you may have to rethink your Sainthood...LOL!!!
    I will pray for you and me, since I fall into the same slot of grumpyhood!!

    Chris :o)

  2. This is a hoot! Now I wish I had picked "Patron Saints of Mothers With Short Tempers"

  3. Dear Patron Saint of Grumpiness,
    You are so funny! Well, I guess I would be the
    Saint that always jumps to conclusions. Yep, that's me. Instead of waiting to get the facts, I just draw my own conclusions and make wrong judgements. With Gods help and mercy, we're working on it together!

  4. Or patron saint of daughters with short mothers.

  5. Ha Ha Phoebe! You're gonna get it, young lady!

  6. I was sans computer on Monday so I did not see this until today. I am going to have to think about it now.


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