Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” For the most part, those foundations are built upon our goals. Whether our goals are small and simple, large and lofty or any size in between, achieving them can help us to have one or more of our dreams come true. And even if we don’t achieve them, the mere act of striving for them can have a positive impact on our lives. Pursuing goals can enhance self-discipline, build character and, sometimes, lead us to new dreams that we might never have even imagined. It can help us to become better people.
Establishing goals for ourselves can also nurture our faith by energizing us. If we have more energy, in general, we should be able to devote more time and energy to living our faith. We just need to be sure that the goals we have set for ourselves are healthy ones that are in line with God’s will for humanity.
Once we have set healthy goals, how do we know whether or not the steps we are taking to achieve them are the best ones? For all of life’s endeavors, we need guidance. The best source of that guidance is God. Thankfully, there are many amazing saints whose kind intercession we can seek, so that we can choose the best paths possible. Here are six saints who can intercede for people who are hoping to achieve some of our most common goals.