Patron Saints of Christianity
St. Barbara, who lived in the 4th century, was brought up as a heathen. She has a jealous and tyrannical father who kept her in a lonely tower, isolated into seclusion. With her forced solitude, she prayed and studied and even received instruction on baptism from a local priest in secret. Barbara did not honor her father's wishes that she would marry and when he found out about her conversion, he denounced her in front of the community's tribunal. She was tortured and beheaded and her own father was also her executioner. The story says that when her soul was being delivered to the angels, a flash of lightning his her father and he was hurried towards the judgment seat of God. St. Barbara's life reminds people that there is too much anger in the world and she became the patron saint over thunderstorms, artillerymen, and other items that help warn people against the dangers of their last hour
St. Bartholomew's feast day is August 24th. All that is known about this man for sure is that is appears as one of the 12 apostles in the gospels. His name actually means "Son of Tolomai," which leads scholars to believe he is the man that is mentioned in John, who said he was a man who was incapable of deceit. Roman history states that Bartholomew preached the gospel in India and was later beheaded in Armenia. He was made the patron saint of leather workers and plasterers due to his own past occupation and interests.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre was a French mendicant and tertiary before he became a Catholic saint. He was born in the north of France, the oldest of 15 children. He was religious at a very young age and took to performing public act of penance for even the smallest of his sins. When he turned 16, he tried to join several different orders but they all rejected him as unsuitable for their way of communal life.
St. Benedict was an intriguing man who never hurried through anything. He had a life that was full of illness and disease, especially within his kidneys. In the 5th century, he was sent to Rome for education and he studied speech. Those studies would come in handy later in his life because he became a successful speaker who not only had right words to say, but also the slow, eloquent speech technique to convince everyone who heard him speak. Benedict later gave up his inheritance and lived as a hermit. After years of prayer, nearby monks asked for his leadership and they later tried to poison him. St. Benedict's story has a history of holiness and boldness unlike any other. He became the patron saint of kidney disease because of his own illness. Poison Sufferers were added on due to the fact that the monks tried to poison him at one point and he also guides students because he considered himself a lifelong student of God.