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How to “Choose” a Patron Saint

Are you looking for a Patron Saint or heavenly intercessor? We receive emails nearly every week asking how to go about choosing a Patron Saint. Not everyone has a given name that is both Christian and shared with a heavenly protector. Your Name Saint is a beginning, but having other Patron Saints is a beautiful way to grow in the Faith.

The Saints are an incredible treasure of the Church, and they are our heavenly family. They have walked where we walk, and they have lived the struggles of this world. They rejoice as they await our arrival in eternity, and they share in the desire to help us reach heaven. Most Catholics have numerous “favorites” and patrons. Continue reading

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6 Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Your Patron Saint

Cultivating a deeper relationship with your patron saint(s) is one way to grow in your faith and in communion with the Church of the past and the present. These intimate friendships help connect us to heaven, even as we struggle down here below. It is a great consolation to know that we have the heavenly court urging us on and interceding for us before the throne of God. Here are 6 ways to deepen your relationships with your special Patron Saints: Continue reading

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30 Healing Saints for Common Ailments

When it comes to our health and the health of loved ones, we often turn to prayer. We pray for disease prevention, for physical healing or for peace. Fortunately, there seems to be a special saint for every illness and health concern we can think of! Here is a list of both popular and not-so-well-known saints to invoke for common ailments: Continue reading

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The 4 Patron Saints of Impossible Causes

There are instances in every person’s life when it seems that a problem or a cross is insurmountable and unbearable. In these cases, pray to the patron saints of impossible causes: St. Rita of Cascia, St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Gregory of Neocaesarea. Continue reading

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Blessed Imelda, Patroness of First Communicants

When Imelda Lambertini was five years old, she asked to receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time. She loved Christ deeply, to the point of wondering, “Can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?” However, as it was the year 1327, her request was out of the question. At that time children were not allowed to receive Holy Communion until they were at least 12 years old.

But she persisted. Continue reading

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Your Best Answers to “Who Is Your Favorite Saint, and Why?”

Recently we asked our Facebook fans the question, “Who is your favorite saint, and why?” Out of the two Facebook installments of this question, we received nearly 2,000 replies!

Out of these responses, here were some of our favorites: Continue reading

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May 30: Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc

May 30 is the feast day of St. Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431), patroness of France and patroness of soldiers. While she lived, St. Joan of Arc was one of the Church’s most misunderstood saints both within and without the Church. As a young peasant girl of 13 she received visions of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret telling her to help the King of France reconquer his kingdom, which at that time was being threatened by England. Continue reading

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St. Rita of Cascia: Patron Saint of the Impossible

St. ritaMay 22 is the feast day of St. Rita. St. Rita of Cascia was an Augustinian nun from 14th century Italy. She is the patroness of impossible causes and hopeless circumstances because of her difficult and arduous life. Through her trials God used her in remarkable ways, not only while she lived, but now from heaven she assists those who plead for her intercession for their seemingly impossible and hopeless circumstances. Continue reading

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St. Dymphna: The Courage of a Teenage Irish Girl

May 15 is the feast day of St. Dymphna, a woman of incredible courage. Saint Dymphna is the patroness of the mentally and emotionally ill and other nervous disorders. How did this come to pass? Read the incredible and heart-wrenching story of St. Dymphna. Continue reading

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The Feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Mother’s Heroism

April 28 is the feast day of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, doctor and mother of four. She is a saint for our modern times with much to teach us through her life as a mother, faithful Catholic, and working woman. Continue reading

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