Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Lawrence
St. Lawrence has the feast day of August 10th. He was one of seven deacons in charge of helping the poor and needy. When the Pope of the time was sentenced to death, St. Lawrence was very sad. He asked the pope not to go without him and the pope told him not to worry because he would follow in three days. Lawrence then gave away all of his money and sold everything else he owned. Lawrence lived in a time of great danger for Christians. The Prefect of Rome was a greedy pagan and he believed the church had a fortune that it was hiding from him. When Lawrence would not bring that fortune to him, the Prefect was angered and condemned Lawrence to a slow death three days after the Pope. Lawrence was tied to a grill over a fire and roasted.
St. Kevin has the feast day of June 3rd. He was born in Ireland, where he was also called Coemgen. He came from a royal descent and was baptized, educated, and ordained. He then became a hermit and after seven years, he gave up his solitary life and attracted disciples to a monastery. Many extravagant miracles have been placed in correlation with his name and Kevin was reportedly 120 years old when he died.
St. Leonard of Port Maurice
St. Leonard of Port Maurice has the feast day of November 26th. He was a Franciscan who was devoted to the Blessed Sacrament as well as the Immaculate Conception and the Stations of the Cross. He was ordained in 1703, six years after joining the Franciscans and he traveled all over Italy preaching. He attracted huge crowds everywhere he went and erected 600 Stations of the Cross throughout the country. Since he was a great speaker for the parish, he became the patron saint of parish missions.
St. Lidwina was ice-skating at the age of 15 when she broke a rib after a fall. She never quite recovered and was disabled for the remainder of her life. Historians state that she was paralyzed except for her left hand. Some believe she may have had multiple sclerosis while others think her disability related more closely to her fall. After her accident, Lidwina fasted on a regular basis and became a famous healer as well as a very holy woman. She died when she was 53 and became the patron saint of skaters.
St. Luke has the feast day of October 18th. Like was the author of the gospel of Luke as well as Acts. He was often referred to as the beloved physician, but we do not know many other facts about Luke's life. Luke was likely a Greek and a Gentile by birth. Though in today's age, doctors often have riches, scholars argue that Luke could have been born a slave. Families would educate slaves in the medical field and then use them as the family physician. There is nothing known about Luke's conversion, but he joins St. Paul in the book of Acts where they travel together to Macedonia. Luke is loyal to Paul and even stays with him when he is imprisoned in Rome. His information for his gospel came from his associations with Paul. And his unique perspective on Christ's story show through the 18 different parables that he writes in his gospel that do not appear in the other three.
St. Louis IX
St. Louis IX was the King of France who took the throne at the age of 12 under his mother's guidance. When he turned 21, he took all of the rights of the throne and he was well known for protecting the area clergymen from secular leaders who fought against them. Louis led two crusades and made restitution to any innocent people whose property was damaged or destroyed.
St. Louise De Marillac
St. Louise de Marillac has the feast day of March 15th. She was born near France and educated by Dominican nuns. She wanted to become a nun herself, but her confessor told her she should marry instead. She followed the advice, but when her husband died, she devoted her life to working with her new spiritual advisor. She directed the Ladies of Charity and cared for the sick, neglected, and poor. She even set up a training center to seek candidates to help further her work. Louise traveled all over France creating orphanages, hospitals and other like institutions and when she died, there were over 40 houses in France from her work. Due to her care for orphans and the poor, she was made the patron saint of social workers.
St. Lucy, whose name means light, has the feast day of December 13th. Lucy was a brave woman who lost her life due to the persecution of Christians in the early portion of the 4th century. She was known as a courageous woman who defended her faith to the very end. There is little known about Lucy and her bravery, but there are plenty of legends. One story tells about a young Christian lady who vowed her life to Christ's service. Her mother tried to marry her off to a pagan, but Lucy convinced her mother that Christ was a more powerful life partner. After her mother listened to Lucy's case, she agreed and her own lifelong illness was cured. That allowed her to give money to the poor and commit her own life to God. The most famous icons that go along with Lucy is one in which the statue of Lucy holds a dish with two eyes. This goes along with the legend that Lucy's eyes were taken out as part of her torture prior to her martyrdom. It is also the reason she is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye disorders.