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Patron Saints of Christianity

 
 

Patron Saint Alphonsus Liguori

St. Alphonsus Liguori has the feast day of August 1st. He was a bishop as well as a doctor of the church and he founded the Redemptorist Congregation. Alphonsus was born near Naples, Italy in 1696 in a very pious home. He was the oldest of seven children and received his doctorate degree by the age of 16. By 19, he was practicing law, but he had a vision that showed him he was to dedicated his life to God instead. Alponsus did just that, but he suffered great persecution from his family. He became a priest in 1726 and later, he established his own parish, but with much complication. Over his 13 years in the region, he fed the poor, reorganized churches, taught theology, wrote and instructed families. He suffered greatly from many ailments, but he did not resign his duties until late in his life. He died in 1787 and was canonized in 1839. Because he wrote on how to obtain moral theology through many different vocations, he became the patron saint of general vocations as well as theologians.

Patron Saint Amand

St. Amand has a feast day of February 6th. He was a great missionary born in 584 who, at the age of 20, took refuge in a small monastery. Once he settled there, his father tried to talk him into coming home by threatening his inheritance. Amand told his father that Christ was the only inheritance he needed. He became ordained and received the general commission to teach heathens about God. He was banished from France for his teachings and many people were very ferocious about preachers in general. He persevered even through being beaten and thrown into a river and managed to baptize crowds of people. Alongside being a great missionary, the mane also started monasticism in regions of ancient Belgium. Many monasteries claim that he is the founder and he was even chosen as bishop of Maastricht in 646. Because of the monasteries, he became the patron saint of hotelkeepers as well as winemakers.

St. Ambrose

St. At the age of 33, Ambrose had a career in law, a grand position in Milan as governor, a large estate, and the friendship of the emperor. When the bishop of Milan died, the public called for Ambrose to take the responsibility on as part of his duties as governor. Ambrose did not want to give up his great career for such a dangerous position so he ran away and hid in a senator's house. Once there was nowhere else for him to run, he gave in and accepted his new job. He gave his property to the poor and started to learn scripture with a great fury. His stubbornness and his law background led him to fight heresy and pursue sanctity. Because he had a heart for learning and for average people such as candle makers and beekeepers, he was made the patron saint over these items.

St. Anastasia

St. Anastasia was a Roman woman with a noble background. Her father was a pagan but her mother, a Christian. She was baptized as an infant and secretly taught the Christian faith. Later in life, she married a pagan, but he became abusive when he learned of her Christian faith. Instead of fleeing, Anastasia rejoiced that she could suffer for Christ. When her husband attempted to bring more suffering onto her through the community, he met an untimely death. Throughout her life, Anastasia comforted other Christians in their times of need through extraordinary works of charity. She became the patron saint of widows and weavers because she was a widow herself and she comforted others in her position.