Patron Saints of Christianity
Patron Saint Sacred Heart
The Sacred Heart is one of the most famous religious devotions that represents Jesus' heart and his divine love for all of humanity. This devotion is used within the Catholic Church to emphasize love, compassion, and the long-suffering heart that Christ has for all humans. The beginning of the devotion rose from a French Catholic nun who learned the idea through a mystical experience she claimed was from Jesus himself. In the traditions, the Sacred Heart is also closely associated with Jesus' reparation.
St. Sava has the feast day of January 14th. He was the son of Stephen I, who founded the Nemanydes dynasty. He became a monk when he was 17 and along with his father, who abdicated his throne in 1196, he founded a monastery for Serbian monks. He returned home when his brothers were quarreling and he created a new headquarters for his monastery. At that time, he began to revive the religious education across the country to help anyone and everyone receive a full and rightful education about matters of faith. Because he had the greatest influence on the Serbian people and their schools, he was made the patron saint of the Serbian communities.
St. Scholastica has the feast day of February 10th. She was a sister of St. Benedict who consecrated her life over to God at a very young age. Her brother founded a famous monastery and she went on to found her own monastery of nuns just five miles away. She visited her brother once a year and conferred on various spiritual manners. During one meeting, she asked her brother to stay until the next day. He refused and she began to pray while a large thunderstorm brewed and kept her brother for the night. The siblings had a spiritual conference throughout the night and three days later, St. Scholastica died. Because she seemed to have created a thunderstorm through her prayers, she was made the patron saint of bad weather.
St. Stanislaus Kostka
St. Stanislaus Kostka was born in Poland around 1550. He died at the age of 18 in Rome. On his 17th birthday, he entered the Society of Jesus and legends say that he knew about his own death a few days before it happened. When he realized the end was near, he wrote a letter to the Blessed Virgin Mary and asked her to take him into the skies to celebrate the anniversary of her Assumption. He was confident that she would do so because she had already brought him many other favors during his life. His reputation in art always depicts him as youthful and sometimes he also carried the infant Jesus in his arms after taking him from the Blessed Virgin.
St. Sebastian became a soldier within the Roman army around 283. He remained firm in his faith even when he was sentenced to death. He managed to convert a large number of people to the faith including individuals such as Nicostrastus, who was in charge of the prisoners in the jail. St. Sebastian also healed a deaf mute, cured a roman prefect of gout, and participated in several other miracles. When he was ordered executed, he was shot with arrows and left to die, but a widow found him and realized he was alive so she brought him back to health. Sebastian then sought out the Emperor and denounced him for his cruel acts against Christians. He was then beaten to death. Because of the first attempt on his life, he was made the patron saint of archers.
St. Solange has the feast day of May 10th. She was born to a poor family filled with vineyard workers in France in 880. She became a beautiful shepherdess whose appearance attracted lust from the noble ranks in the region. Poitiers, one of the noble men, kidnapped her, but she leaped from the horse as he carried her off. The man pursued her and killed her for not obeying his commands. Because of her short life and her victim status, she was made the patron saint of rape victims.
St. Stephen has the feast day of December 26th. His name means crown and he was the very first of Jesus' disciples to become a martyr. Stephen was a deacon within the early Church. When the apostles realized they needed help taking care of the poor and widows, they ordained seven different deacons and Stephen holds the most fame of those seven. Stephen worked many miracles, but he was most well known for his grace and wisdom. Many people who heard him speak would come to be followers of Christ themselves. The enemies of the organized church hated Stephen because of his success within the faith. They plotted against him and eventually dragged him out of the city and stoned him to death. Stephen, as his final act of grace and compassion, begged God not to punish his enemies for their act.