Patron Saints of Christianity
St. Bernadine of Siena
St. Bernadine has a feast day of May 20th. His story begins in the year 1400 when a young man went to the door of a large hospital in Siena. The city was going through a large plague and many people had died that very day within the hospital. There were so many people ill within the region and not enough people to care for them. St. Bernardine was a 20-year-old man and he went to the hospital that day in order to offer his help. No matter what he could do, he always wanted to do everything he could. After that particular incident, he threw himself into prayer and fasting to ask God what he was supposed to do with his life. He continued to work with the sick, but he also became a priest. He was known for being a missionary preacher and he was so well liked and good at what he did, he became the patron saint of public relations because of how much good publicity he brought to his particular order.
St. Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Blessed Virgin Mary is also often called simply Mother of God. She was the wife of St. Joseph and she remains one of the greatest Christian saints of all time. She is considered to be above all other angels and men and she is venerated within many certain Christian groups. Mary's life and the role she would play in salvation were predicted back in the Old Testament. The events of her life are recorded in the New Testament and she gracefully fulfilled her duties as the loving Mother of God. Many countries, organizations, and countries have claimed Mary as their patron saint. Uruguay is one such nation.
St. Bernard of Montjoux
St. Bernard has a feast day of May 28th. He was born in Italy and became a priest, after which he spent four decades working mission's fields in and around the Alps. During his time in the area, he built schools and churches as well as hospitals. It is the hospitals that he is most remembered for today. Those hospitals specialize in helping lost travelers who come through the passes around the surrounding mountains. Because of what the hospitals he built do today, St. Bernard was made the patron saint of alpinists and skiers.
St. Blaise was a physician as well as a bishop. He was beaten and martyred later in his life because of his beliefs. In artwork, Blaise is often shown with steel combs and according to the pictures, he often blessed people's throats and performed many miracles. Since the instruments of torture used on him were wool combs, he was also made the patron saint of veterinarians and wild animals. In some of the writings about him, the author said that Blaise also spoke to a wolf before his death, asking it to release the pig that it was harming. This is another reason he is associated with wild animals.
St. Bernadette has a feast day of April 16th. She is also sometimes called Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order. She died at the age of 35 in the order's infirmary. St. Bernadette was born into a humble family that quickly fell into extreme poverty conditions. Bernadette herself was a frail child and she suffered from many different illnesses and problems. She received last rites on three different occasional during her young life, but she prevailed until much later in adulthood. Because St. Bernadette seemed to be able to stave off many different illnesses during her lifetime, she became the patron saint of bodily ills.
St. Bl. Gianna Beretta Molla
St. Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian pediatrician as well as a mother and wife. She was best known, over her life and career, as a person who refused to give abortions or perform hysterectomies. When she became pregnant with her fourth child, she refused to end the pregnancy, even though she knew continuing the pregnancy could result in her death. She became canonized in 2004 and began the patron saint of mothers and physicians because of her position as both during her four, 40 years of life.