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Patron Saints of Christianity

 
 

Patron Saint Joseph of Cupertino

St. Joseph of Cupertino has the feast day of September 18th. He spent his childhood in a simple, innocent manner and then joined the Franciscan friars and became ordained into the priesthood. He gave his life up to obedience and he was most devoted to the Virgin Mary, to whom he promoted devotion throughout his priesthood. The stories surrounding this saint often regard levitations. Just a mention of God would make him float in rapture. When Christmas carols were played, he would soar high to the altar. People flocked to Joseph, asking for spiritual advice and confessionals and he converted many people to the Christian faith. Since he was known for levitating, he became the patron saint to air travelers, aviators, and astronauts.

 

St. Justin

St. Justin has the feast day of June 1st. Justin was known for listening very carefully to all of the voices around him. Early in his Roman education, he was often confused by all of the different opinions. He went to a lonely spot in order to get away from all of the chatter. When he reached an isolated spot, he was surprised to find that a man had followed him. The man was looking for his family, but they got into a discussion of reason and the man challenged him to love the truth and the deeds that he saw before him. In the long discussion that followed, the man told him about the prophets and told Justin to pray for enlightenment. Justin read through the scriptures to get more information and realized the words of Christ were sufficient enough to inspire him. He felt saddened that he did not know about Christianity before, but he was happy to then know the truth. Justin, because of his philosophical background, became the patron saint of philosophers.

St. Jude Thaddeus

St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes and one of Jesus’ original twelve Apostles. He preached the Gospel with great passion, often in the most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, he made profound differences in people’s lives as he offered them the Word of God. The Gospel tells us that St. Jude was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Apostles. They are described in the Gospel of Matthew as the “brethren” of Jesus, probably cousins.