Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Maria Goretti
St. Maria Goretti has the feast day of July 6th. She was born in 1890 in Italy to a farm working family. When her father died, her mother struggled to keep the family together and fed. When Maria was just 12, a neighbor attempted to rape her. She told the boy that she would rather die than allow him to have his way with her so he stabbed her with a knife. Maria was hospitalized and forgave Alexander and then died. The boy was captured and put into prison for 30 years. He was not sorry for what he did until he had a dream about Maria. After that dream, he repented of his crimes and reformed his life. After he was released from prison, he went straight to Maria's mother to ask for forgiveness. Because of the circumstances surrounding her death, Maria is the patron saint of youth, rape victims, and young girls in general.
St. Martha has the feast day of July 29th. According to the Bible, Jesus was a frequent guest in Martha's home along with her sister Mary. There are three different recorded visits in the gospels. It is easy to see Martha's side of the story in the gospel of Luke. In that story, Martha welcomes Jesus and his followers into her home and then she goes about the work she needs to do to serve them. At that time in history, hospitality is of great importance. Martha becomes highly frustrated when her sister does not help her with the hospitality, but instead sits at Jesus' feet to listen to him speak. When she asks Jesus to intervene, he reminds Martha about what is really important. The next time Jesus visits Martha's home, you can tell how well Martha listened to his last lesson. At that time, she is grieving her brother's death with a bunch of other mourners, but when she hears Jesus is in the area, she leaves the mourners in her home and goes to meet him. Martha shows plenty of faith and courage in her dialogues with Jesus and she became the patron saint of cooks, servants, and housewives because of her diligence to hospitality.
St. Martin De Porres
St. Martin de Porres has the feast day of November 3rd. He was born in Peru in 1579 and his father was a Spanish gentleman while his mother was a free colored woman from Panama. When he was 15, he joined the Dominican Friary and spent his life there as a farm laborer and barber. He had a huge desire to become a foreign missionary, but since that was not possible, he devoted himself to the gifts and graces that God had bestowed upon him. Martin had a great love for all humans as well as animals. He maintained cats and dogs within a hospital and solved his sister's marital problems. He also took steps towards racial harmony whenever he could. Because of his occupation within the friary, he was made the patron saint of barbers.
St. Martin of Tours
St. Martin of Tours has the feast day of November 11th. Marin was born around 315 in a Roman province when the world was in a state of transition. Romans did not persecute Christians any longer, but it was also not a completely accepted faith. Martin's father was a ranking Roman officer who was still faithful to old religions. Martin's greatest desire, once he became a Christian, was to convert others to the faith. Martin was forced to join the army at the age of 15, but even in the military, he wanted to live like a monk. He would clean the boots of his servants and do everything he could to humble himself. Martin was finally baptized at the age of 18 and his beliefs only got him in more trouble throughout his life. Despite any trouble he met, he always clung to his faith in God. Because of his duties within the army, Martin was made the patron saint of horsemen and soldiers.
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Mary Magdalene has the feast day of July 22nd. She is often also called the Penitent and her name, Magdalene, comes from the fact that she lived in a town called Magdale. The gospel of Luke records that Mary was a huge sinner and had to have several devils removed from her. But she was present at Christ's crucifixion and she, along with two other women, witnessed Jesus' empty tomb for the first time. Mary is proof that anyone, no matter how much sin they have accumulated, can be redeemed through Christ. Because of her sinful background, she was made the patron saint for sinners.