Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Casimir of Poland
St. Casimir of Poland has a feast day of March 4th. He was a prince in Poland and his life was meant to cement his father's authority over the land and increase the power of the country as a whole. Casimir realized at an early age that his life was not his own, but rather belonged to a King higher than himself. The King he chose, however, was not his father, but instead his faith in God. He had plenty of pressure placed upon him as well as large amounts of rejection and humiliation, but he stood by his faith. Casimir was the third child in the line of 13 and he committed himself to God at a very early age. The riches he had lavished on him over the years were hard for him to resist, but he was able to reject ordinary comforts and wear normal, plain clothes. He died from lung disease at the age of 23 and because he remained a bachelor for all of his life, he became the patron saint of bachelors.
St. Camillus De Lellis
St. Camillus' feast day is July 18th. He was born in Italy and for against the Turks alongside the Venetians. In his early life, he was addicted to gambling and that rendered him penniless after the battled were complete. When his leg became diseased, he devoted himself to caring for the sick instead of fighting in battles. He became the director of a large hospital in Rome and enlarged their facilities and staff members over his years of service. He was canonized in 1748 and declared the patron saint of the sick along with hospitals and nurses in general.
St. Catherine of Bologna
St. Catherine of Bologna has a feast day of March 9th. Catherine was the daughter of a diplomat who, at the age of 11, was appointed a maid of honor to another woman of higher power. She shared that woman's training and education and when the woman married, Catherine left her service to join the Franciscans at the young age of 14. Catherine wanted to live her life as perfectly as possible and her companions admired her for her holiness. She had many visions of Christ and Satan and wrote about her experiences. Some of those visions have been created into popular works of art. Her kindness attracted many people to follow her down the road to perfection and she was canonized as a saint nearly 300 years after her death.
St. Catherine of Alexandria
St. Catherine was a martyr who was also a noted scholar in the 4th century. The legend tells it that she attempted to convert emperor Maximus Daia to Christianity, though he was a devout pagan. He had her imprisoned and executed. Joan of Arc believed that St. Catherine appeared to her many times over 1,000 years later to give her guidance and instruction. She is revered as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and she was one of the most influential saints in the late middle ages. Her power as an intercessor was well known and the various versions of the legends surrounding her were greatly spread.
St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine of Siena was a part of the Dominican order and she was also an important theologian and scholastic philosopher. She worked to bring the papacy back to Rome after it was displaced in France and she also wanted to establish peace in the city-states within Italy. She and St. Francis of Assisi were chosen as the patron saints of Italy and because of her peace work, she was also named the patron saint of Fire Prevention. She was canonized just 80 years after her death and her feast day is celebrated on April 30th. The actual day of her death is believed to be April 29th, but that is also the feast day of Saint Peter of Verona so St. Catherine's feast day was moved back one day in the currently calendar.