Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here

More from Aleteia

Not Prepared to Donate?

Here are 5 ways you can still help Aleteia:

  1. Pray for our team and the success of our mission
  2. Talk about Aleteia in your parish
  3. Share Aleteia content with friends and family
  4. Turn off your ad blockers when you visit
  5. Subscribe to our free newsletter and read us daily
Thank you!
Team Aleteia

Subscribe

Aleteia

17 Classic baby names inspired by saints who witnessed to God’s mercy

NEWBORN
Shutterstock
Share

Most will be familiar, a few others less so, but they all stand the test of time.

Click here to launch the slideshow

If you’re scouring the family tree, flipping through the baby-name books, and coming up short, take a look at these classic saints’ names. They’re all associated with the theme of “mercy.” Some will be familiar, others would be more, shall we say, daring choices. But in reading about the selfless and merciful acts of these remarkable people of faith, you might be inspired to commemorate their devotion to mercy, and give the gift of their name to your child.

Launch the slideshow to see the 17 classic baby names inspired by saints who witnessed to God’s mercy:

Mary

For a little girl you hope will be brave and faithful even in the most difficult of circumstances. Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870–1957) was canonized this year by Pope Francis. A Swedish nurse who converted to Catholicism, she epitomized the concept of mercy through her work to save Jews from the Nazis during the Second World War — many of whom would have certainly perished had it not been for her direct intervention.

Maria or Domenica

For a little girl who will care for others through spiritual and corporal acts of mercy. Maria Domenica Montovani (1892–1934) worked with the gravely ill in her parish in Verona, Italy, from a young age. She co-founded a religious order with Blessed Giuseppe Nascimbeni, the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family.

Anthony

For a boy who will enlighten the ignorant and uneducated. St. Anthony of Padua (1195–1231) exemplifies the spiritual work of instructing the ignorant. He was a friend of St. Francis of Assisi and was known for his ability to powerfully preach the word of God to young men studying to join the Order of Franciscans.

Catherine

For a child who will tend to the forgotten and abandoned members of society. Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) touched the lives of many in her short life: from a young age she gave away food, drink and clothing from her household to those more in need of it. She also demonstrated great love and mercy for prisoners, by walking with them to the gallows, and she nursed those struck down by plague.

Continue reading …

Pages: 1 2 3 4

Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.
Aleteia offers you this space to comment on articles. This space should always reflect Aleteia values.
[See Comment Policy]

Attention parish leaders!

Join our newsletter exclusively for parish ministers and staffers to help you reach your parishioners.
Learn More