Patron Saints of Christianity
St. Ignatius of Antioch
St. Ignatius has the feast day of October 17th. He once said that he preferred death in Christ than any power that would place him too far from God. Ignatius was wrongly sentenced to death after refusing to renounce his faith in Christ. He was made into a public spectacle when wild beasts devoured him in front of an audience. The journeys during his life, however, took him all over Greece and even into Asia. During that time, he wrote seven different letters of encouragement that were meant to inspire and instruct Christians in the various communities. The church still has those letters and they are greatly treasured. Bishop Ignatius was the first person to use the term Catholic to describe the church as a whole. Because of the form of his death, he was made the patron saint of throat ailments.
St. Isidore of Seville
St. Isidore of Seville has the feast day of April 4th. He was born into a family of saints within Spain. One of his sisters and two of his brothers are revered as saints within the country and his family is also filled with leaders and strong minds. A family filled with such greatness did not make life very easy for Isidore. His brothers were holy in many ways, but they did not treat their brother very well. When he could no longer take the poor treatment, he ran away. He felt rejected and like a failure, but he realized if he kept working at his studies, his learning would eventually pay off. Even though the way in which he learned was not pleasant, he grew to love learning. He was the bishop of Seville for 37 years later in his life and he was a great role model for the government representation as a whole. He is sometimes known as the last scholar of an ancient world. He worked to compile a large amount of universal knowledge within an encyclopedia. Many of these classic pieces would not exist today if it were not for him. Because of this work, he was made the patron saint of computers and the Internet, a modern version of learning in a universal manner.
St. Isidore The Farmer
St. Isidore has a feast day of May 15th. He was born in Spain late in the 12th century and was mostly employed as a farmer and laborer outside the city of his birth. Many wonderful things happened while he worked in the fields and those miracles continued even long after his death. Isidore had many visions of angels and people often said that angels even helped him work in the fields at times.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius has the feast day of July 31st. He was born into a family in Spain as the youngest of 13 children. He was often called Inigo and when he reached the proper age, he became a page and later, a soldier to fight against the French within Spain. He was injured by a cannon ball and after a series of bad operations, he was no longer able to be part of the military. Once he recovered, he read about the lives of other saints and soon became a man of faith himself. He dedicated himself to the Catholic faith as a soldier for Christ and he began experiencing visions. Since he was a soldier himself, first for the military and later for Christ, he became the patron saint of soldiers and retreats.
St. Immaculate Conception of Mary
The immaculate conception of Mary is one of the most important events within Christian history. The idea that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary with the Son of God in a completely pure manner makes the fullness of Christ complete. Mary is celebrated today for her role in the birth of Christ and the Immaculate Conception is one of the most important aspects of that celebration.