An ancient bit of the Church’s wisdom: you can fall all by yourself, but it’s only as part of a team – the Body of Christ – that you can be saved.
I sheepishly submit: Team Yard Sale. These are the angels and saints I appeal to pretty much daily. No, I didn’t get their permission – they were drafted, sort of like a fantasy sports league. They, plus of course my wife, family, parish and diocese, rolling up of course into the Mystical Body of Christ, are the people in whose company I hope to enter the Kingdom of God.
St. Jerome, St Ambrose, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux. These are saints whose lives and writing have most made me think, who I feel are good people to call on for help with my theological and philosophical development.
St. Philip Neri, St. Charles Boromeo, St. Robert Bellarmine – do we need help fighting in today’s counter-reformation, or what?
St. Margaret Clitherow, Blessed Sidney, St. John Fischer, St. Thomas More – the stories of the English Martyrs are good to keep in mind: are we really any more civilized than the 16th century English, who put to death a young mom, a holy bishop, an honest judge, and just some guy (Sidney) who wouldn’t back down?
St. John Bosco, St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, St. Francis de Sales, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – as a dad, I need all the help I can get with selfless education for my kids.
For America: Guadalupana, St. Rose of Lima, St. Martin de Pores, St. Kateri Tekakwitha (and all the angels and saints – we need all the help we can get!)
Of course, always praying as members of the Body of Christ, with Him as the Head. We are the members, who, as members, have our vocations – these saints continue to realize their vocations by being instruments of Christ’s love, expressed as answers to our prayers.