St. Elizabeth Ann Seton married a wealthy businessman and was mother to five children. When her husband passed away she established a school in Boston, Massachusetts, to educate her children. She also opened a Catholic girl’s school in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the patron saint for Loss of Parent or Child.
We pray for Saint Lucy’s intercession in our lives for the preservation of the light of our eyes. She’s the patron saint of the blind and visually impaired.
Saint Juan Diego is the patron saint of Americans and Natives. Juan Diego was a married farmer with no children. He converted to the Faith at an older age. He is most known for his vision of Our Lady in a small town north of Mexico City. She left behind an image that became known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Saint Nicholas is said to have helped a poor family in need. When one of the daughters came of age, he would give each daughter a purse full of gold coins.
She is the patron saint of Musicians and Singers. Saint Cecilia was given away for marriage by her parents to Valerian. She told him the secret that she has an angel protecting her from being touched by anybody. In order to see the angel he believed in God and was baptized. She spent the rest of her life converting several people to Christianity.
Saint Elizabeth was born and wed into European royalty. Although she lived a privileged life she spent her wealth and her time working with the sick and the poor. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary built hospitals and gave bread to the poor and for these acts she is the patron saint of hospitals, nurses, bakers, brides and the homeless.
Saint Gertrude rejected a marriage to a noble man in pursuit of a religious life. She was renowned for her aid to travelers, and built a monastery with her mother, Blessed Ida, at Nivelles. She is the patroness of accommodations and cats.
Saint Andrew the Apostle is the patron saint of Fishermen and Scotland. Andrew is known as the first Apostle. He was killed by being crucified on a saltire, or x-shaped cross, for baptizing Maximilla, the wife of the Roman governor of Patras. His symbol, the saltire, is featured on the flag of Scotland, where he established the Church of Saint Andrew.
St. Jude Thaddeus is the patron saint of desperate situations. He was one of the chosen Twelve Apostles, the brother of Saint James the Lesser and a cousin of Jesus Christ, whom he greatly resembles. Saint Jude made missionary journeys, during which he preached and dispensed the Sacraments.
Saint Luke, the Evangelist, is the patron saint of physicians, surgeons and artists. One who asks St. Luke for intercession may use one of these prayers.
Saint Gerard Majella is the patron of expectant mothers. He was born in 1726 in Muro, Italy to a family of seven. Majella grew up in a poverty with a great respect for the poor.
St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of Headache and Loss of Parents. She was a Carmelite nun who from early childhood was devoted to Christ. She is known as a great mystic and her writings are a testament to Her devotion to Christ and the importance of contemplative prayer.
Saint Maria Faustina is also known as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy. She was canonized as a saint on April 30, 2000.
Legend has it that St. Francis of Assisi preached to the birds and other creatures as well as to humans. He is known today as the patron saint of animals and the environment.
Saint Therese is known as “The Little Flower of Jesus” who lived her life quietly but became well known posthumously because of her spiritual autobiography.
We ask Saint Michael for his intercession while preparing for bedtime for his protection to guide and watch over our family members.
Saint Raphael is known as the patron saint of medical workers and matchmakers. He is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord and is often given credit for seeing the light of heaven and for receiving all good things through his intercession.
Saint Padre Pio gained fame due to his stigmata. He is one of the most popular saints and many make the pilgrimage to the church in San Giovanni Rotondo.
St. Matthew is the patron saint of accountants and bankers. Matthew was a Galilean tax collector in 63BC. He invited Jesus home for a feast. He was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
Saint Gregory is the patron saint of Educators, Musicians and Singers. He was born into a wealthy family. He sold his possessions and built monasteries in Rome and Sicily with the money he made. Gregory was elected Pope and sent Saint Austin to convert Anglo-Saxons to Christianity.
Saint Clare is known for warding off invading soldiers while kneeling in prayer holding a monstrance. She was an avid follower of St. Francis of Assisi and started the Order of Poor Ladies which is now known as the Order of Saint Clare. Saint Clare of Assisi is the patron saint of eyes and Television.
Saint Ignatius was a soldier who was injured in battle and upon recovery, he devoted himself to the Faith. He is the Patron Saint of Educators and Soldiers.
We ask for Saint Anne’s intercession in all things regarding motherhood and household as she is the patron saint of housekeepers and mothers. Ann is the mother of Our Blessed Mother Mary and the grandmother of Jesus Christ.
Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelers. Christopher was a well-built man who came about a hermit who guided travelers to safe points to cross a dangerous river. Christopher took the place of the hermit but instead of guiding travelers to safe places, he would carry them across the river. He once carried a small child who later revealed himself as Christ and baptized Christopher.
St. James the Greater is said to be the first apostle to join Jesus. He is the patron saint against arthritis and Spain.
Saint Veronica, the woman of Jerusalem, is known for having served Christ on his way to Calvary and his image appeared on her cloth.
Saint Benedict is the patron saint of monks and poison sufferers. Benedict was the founder of Western monasticism, and wrote a set of guidelines for monks to follow. Many opposed his Benedictine principles, and he was once given a goblet of poison, which he blessed and made safe. He is buried with his twin sister, Saint Scholastica.
Saint Maria Goretti is known for her intercession for purity and chastity. She is also known as the patron saint of the youth and rape victims.
Saint Thomas the Apostle is the patron saint of Architects and the Blind. Thomas first did not believe of the resurrection of Jesus, until he saw and touched the nail wounds. When offered, he refused and said “My Lord and My God!”
Saint Peter the Apostle is the patron saint of Butchers and Fisherman. He is most known for his three-time denial to Jesus and as the Church’s first pope. He was crucified upside down for his beliefs
Saint Paul is the patron saint of Publishers and Reporters. St. Paul is one of the twelve apostles and considered one of the most important of the apostles.
Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost articles and the poor. Also known as the Evangelical Doctor, Anthony was from a wealthy family but became a Franciscan Priest for Christ. He was a gifted speaker, and it is said that when his remains were uncovered the whole body was decomposed apart from the tongue.
Catholic Prayers: Why do Catholics use statues, paintings, and light candles as part of their faith?
Do you light candles after you say your Catholic prayers? Whenever you go to mass, do you notice the religious statues and beautiful paintings that adorn the church? Have you ever wondered what these artifacts and traditions mean and what value they hold to our faith?
St. Joan of Arc is the patron saint of Soldiers and France. She led an army to defend France, and when she was captured the new King Charles made no move to rescue her. She was burned at the stake after being accused of witchcraft. She was later cleared of all charges.
Saint Rita wanted to become a nun, but was instead forced into marriage. She gave birth to two sons. After the death of her sons, and the murder of her husband, she was finally to able join the Augustinian nuns in Cascia where she spent the rest of her life doing God’s work.
We live in a world that values cold logic and reason so a term like “spiritual warfare” may seem irrational, even impossible for many “modern” and “intellectual” people. However, spiritual warfare is very real and it is not just limited to exorcisms and casting out demons. As children of God, we engage in an unseen battle every day and what’s at stake is our most prized possession; our soul.