Here is my son on the way home from the hospital today. He shall be baptized, Jude Ambrose Josemaria Marshall.
Jude because I prayed a novena (a nine day prayer) through St Jude that I might find a job. On the ninth day of that novena I was offered my current position in Washington DC. Also I was ordained to the Anglican priesthood on the Feast of St Simon and St Jude.
Ambrose because he is a saint that my wife and I admire. Also, Joy’s grandfather is named Ambrose. For every third generation, an Ambrose has been named in their family in honor of a recusant English priest who was drawn and quartered after baptizing their family’s baby named Ambrose.
Josemaria after St Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. I have gained a deep devotion to this holy man and his writings. I attend daily Mass at the St Josemaria Chapel (at the Catholic Information Center) and my boss (and father and friend) is a priest of Opus Dei. Also, my son was born on June 26, the feast day of St Josemaria.