Saints 911: How to Ask a Saint for Help and Protection

St Joseph

Life is not always easy, and in desperate times people are thirsty for miracles. Everybody has problems, and everybody looks for help at least with the basics of health and protection. So people pray for the healing of a sick person, to have prosperity in the business, to get out of economic problems, to find their better half, etc. This is when Catholics start to invoke the name of their favorite patron saints. We pray to saints because they are already in heaven, and they can intercede for us.

The Dignity and Qualities of a Holy Priest by St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes

St. John Eudes (feast day August 19th) was a priest and parish missionary in 17th century France, the most renowned and effective preacher of his day. At the age of 14 he consecrated his life to the Blessed Virgin Mary, his segueway into the priesthood.

His life mission was twofold. The first was to combat the widespread loss faith in the hearts and souls of the French people. For this end he promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary among the laity. He was instrumental in getting the Church to adopt these feasts on the liturgical calendar, and he also composed the propers for their Mass and Divine Office.

The second part of his life mission was to combat the weakened fervor of priests.

Why does the Virgin Mary Have So Many Names, Titles, and Feasts?

Virgin Mary

When I was a child I didn’t understand why the Virgin Mary had a lot of names. I thought there were different Virgins everywhere! I lived with that doubt in my mind, not even bothered to get out of my ignorance by asking my devoted Catholic mom, or someone else, about it. As I grew up, my curiosity led me to look into the Catholic faith by reading and learning more about the history of the Catholic Church.

The Link Between Prayer, Fasting, and Mercy by St. Peter Chrysologus

Sermon on Prayer, Fasting, and Mercy by St. Peter Chrysologus

St. Peter of Imola (406-550) became Archbishop of Ravenna in Italy, in his day the seat of the Roman Empire, giving him a very important role in the Church. His sermons were so eloquent, and his skill in making complex theological truths simple and plain was so renowned, that it earned him the name ‘Chrysologus’ meaning ‘the man of golden speech’ or ‘golden word’. Many of his 200+ homilies are featured in the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours.

7 Wonderful Cities Where Saints Lived

Avila, Spain

As Catholics, we look up to the saints as our role models, that is why we respect them and love them. This is how I got inspired to share some of my photos and thoughts from places that I have been, where saints were born, lived or died.

Besides reading the lives of the saints in books, seeing and visiting the places where they lived is another way to learn and to be connected more to the saints, who are big part of the history of the Catholicism.

These cities are just an example of wonderful places that I found awe-inspiring:

The Story of the Miraculous Discovery of St. Anne’s Relics in France

St. Anne, Mother of Mary

Below is an audio recording of a sermon recounting the story of the incredible discovery of the relics of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.

A deaf, mute, and blind boy led the Emperor Charlemagne into the long-lost underground crypt in southern France where the relics of St. Anne were buried and hidden away.

Listen below for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there. A wonderful and little-known part of our Catholic Church history!

Listen below for the miraculous manner in which her relics arrived in southern France, and the great saints who brought them there. A wonderful and little-known part of our Catholic Church history!

St. Bridget of Sweden’s Famous Devotion to the 5480 Wounds of Christ

Medieval religious art depicting the many wounds of Christ

St. Bridget was born in Sweden in the 14th century. Her parents were devout in their Christian faith, and because of this Bridget was brought up with an excellent religious education. It comes as no surprise, then, that St. Bridget would go on to have incredible mystical experiences during her life.

When she was just a child, St. Bridget received a vision of Christ scourged and hanging on the Cross. In sorrow, she asked him who had treated him like this.

Christ answered, “They who despise me, and spurn my love for them.”

Top 4 Marian Devotions in Latin America

Mexican pilgrims carry an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, outside the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, during the annual celebration of the virgin, early in the morning on December 12, 2010. Mexicans celebrate today the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in 1531.  AFP PHOTO/Luis ACOSTA (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

It is not a coincidence that Catholic Latinos are highly devoted to the Virgin Mary. It is a heritage from Spain and it is due to the series of mystical manifestations that occurred throughout the histories of these countries.

There is a long list of Marian devotions in Latin America; they are almost innumberable. Some titles of Our Lady represent a whole nation, with other titles for nearly every town, city, and region. Read 20 Marian Devotions by Country in Latin America.

Out of all the many Marian devotions in Latin America, below are the top four most popular:

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Model for Our Times

St Kateri Lily of the Mohawks

St. Kateri Tekakwitha, affectionately called the ‘Lily of the Mohawks’, was born in New York in 1656 to a Mohawk chief father and an Algonquin mother who was converted to the faith by Jesuit missionaries.

Kateri’s mother was a practicing Catholic, though in secret due to the hostility between the Indian tribes and the missionaries. She was even forbidden from having Kateri baptized as a child.

Her feast day is July 14 and she is the patron saint of the environment, ecology, and orphans. Not only is this canonization wonderful since the Church’s mission is to evangelize all tribes and tongues, but St. Kateri’s short life is a great example of heroic virtue for our modern times.

How to Use the St. Benedict Medal

Sterling Silver St. Benedict Medal with 24 inch chain

The St. Benedict medal is one of the most popular among Catholics, and there are many indulgences associated with this medal which you can read about here. There are also spiritual benefits associated with the pious use of the medal including warding off evil and temptation, obtaining the conversion of sinners, help for women during childbirth, strength in preserving purity, granting the grace of a happy death, protection during storms, and interceding for curing diseases.