Thursday 11 June 2020

Saints & Patrons - Joanna Bogle - Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation

Saints & Patrons: 
Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation
Joanna Bogle
Catholic Truth Society
eISBN 9781784693916
ASIN B073H1979F
CTS Booklet B747

Over the last few years I have read over 150 volumes from the CTS. I have read books from many series. And many authors. A few authors so captured my attention I tried to track down all the books by them. This however was the second book I have read by Joanna. The print edition was published in 2012 and the eBook in 2017.

The description of this volume is:

“At Baptism and Confirmation we take a new name. In this eBook, the well-known Catholic author and journalist, Joanna Bogle, provides an extensive list of names to choose from. She briefly introduces each saint, and reminds us that, by taking a saint's name, we are not just selecting a name we like, or a person who inspires us, but adopting a patron who is already in heaven and who can intercede for us and help us.”

There are only three chapters in this volume, and they are:

The Tradition of Naming
Saints’ Names for Girls
Saints’ Names for Boys

And the sections in the first chapter are:

The Tradition of Naming
Considerations When Choosing Names
Several Saints with the Same Name
Adapt A Saint’s Name
A Patron Saint

Bogle writes about choosing a saint’s name for confirmation, the end of the first section of the first chapter states:

“This booklet offers some suggestions for names for Baptism and Confirmation. In modern Britain, Catholics are usually confirmed at about the age of ten or eleven, but of course the sacrament may be conferred earlier – and there are every year also many adult Confirmations. Whether a child, a teenager or an adult, the candidate can take time – and pleasure – in choosing a name that will hold real meaning and significance.”

When I was confirmed, almost 40 years ago, we could only pick one of our given names. When my oldest was confirmed a year ago she had to pick a name that was not one of her given names. With her it helped her pick a patron saints and grow a devotion to a non-namesake saint. We skimmed this book to look at names, as part of her selection process. And as my son needs to pick a saint for his confirmation next year, I have read through the whole book now. 

This book is great for Catholics looks for names for their children, for baptism, or confirmation. But it is also a great little read for anyone looking to have a broad overview of many saints in alphabetical order. It was fun to discover several saints I had not encountered before. It was fun to look up my children’s given names, and even my own. It is also very intriguing to read about some of the variations on the names in different cultures.

A fun little book. I enjoyed reading it, and know I will be flipping through it again in a few years for the next family confirmation.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books by Joanna Bogle:
A Heart for Europe: the lives of Emperor Charles and Empress Zita of Austria-Hungary
Book of Feasts and Seasons
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations
Lent and Easter: Catholic Customs and Traditions
John Paul II, Man of Prayer. the Spiritual Life of a Saint
English Catholic Heroines
Advent & Christmas: Catholic Customs and Traditions
Newman's London: A pilgrim handbook
Courage and Conviction. Pius XII, the Bridgettine Nuns, and the Rescue of Jews
St John XXIII and St John Paul II Prayer Book
Saints & Patrons: Christian Names for Baptism and Confirmation.
A Yearbook of Seasons and Celebrations

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