Category Archives: Saints

Saint Michael the Archangel

St. MichaelAccording to Catholic Online, Michael isn’t a saint like we usually think of saints—good humans who are now in heaven—but an angel. He is called an archangel because he is the leader of the angels. He is mentioned four times in Scriptures including Daniel where he helped people and in Revelations where he leads the final battle against Satan.  In the Catholic tradition he is the angel who defended God against Lucifer before the Garden of Eden. Some believe he is the angel that carries a soul to heaven. St. Michael is a figure of action and combat, of strength, a sense of duty, and justice. Thus he is known as the Protector and as the Defender of Faith. He is patron saint of various groups including police and military. Belief in St. Michael is common to Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. His feast Day is Sept. 29 along with the other archangels, Gabriel and Raphael, and the other angels.

I chose the name Michael for our fifth son because I liked it. I didn’t think about St. Michael until our Michael was hospitalized for surgery at age one month. Like his patron, our Michael was a fighter then and has never backed away from a challenge. He is a family-loving guy who makes it a point to stay in touch with both sides of our extended families, “protecting the connection” of family ties. He was a warrior on the soccer and track fields, and his Bengal fan stripes run deep. He considered entering the police force, but after graduating from Wright State, he earned a second degree in mortuary science, a career that highlighted his reputation as a caring, sensitive person. One of his older brothers told him that he was the glue that bonded our blended family, because he was his, hers, and ours. His birthday is March 16th which means he often shared the family party with his brother Alex (March 18th) and his birthday weekend with St. Patrick Day celebrations. He has much in common with his patron saint.

 

St. Alexander of Jerusalem

St. Alexander of Jersusalem[Another installment of How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints? Posting Tues. and Thurs. Will you be next?]

There are more than a few saints named Alexander: Pope Alexander I, Pope Alexander IV, and Pope Alexander VI. (Popes Alexander III and VII were beatified but not canonized, and Alexander IV was an antipope–a person who is seen by some cardinals and kings as having a legitimate claim to the office of Pope; that was in the 3rd-15th centuries). But the topic of today’s blog is Alexander of Continue reading St. Alexander of Jerusalem

St. Nicholas

St_-Nicholas 3[Another installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” Posting Tues. and Thurs. Will you be next?]

There are at least two saints by the name of Nicholas. St. Nicholas of Owens (1559-1829) was an artisan who built secret hiding places for priests during an era of Christian persecution. He was a layman who was known for receiving the Holy Eucharist (Communion) and praying to gain strength and insight before each of his projects.

The second St. Nicholas is the one most people know about, the St. Nicholas who by translation of languages eventually became known as Santa Claus. This is the St. Nicholas that I think about whenever I hear the Continue reading St. Nicholas

Saint Homobonus-Give Back

St. Homobonus[Another installment of How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints? Posting Tues. and Thurs. Will you be next?]

Saint Homobonus (from the Latin homo bonus or “good man”) is the patron saint of business people, tailors, shoemakers, and clothworkers, as well as of Cremona, Italy. He was a married layman and merchant who believed that God had allowed him to work so he could help the poor. He donated a large proportion of his profits to the relief of those living in poverty. He was called “father of the poor”, “assiduous in Continue reading Saint Homobonus-Give Back

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

kateri-2[Thanksgiving edition of How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints? Will you be next? Posting Tues. and Thurs. except holidays.]

Saint Kateri (pronounced Kat’ er ee) was born in 1656 in what is now central New York state. Her mother was a Catholic Algonquin Indian who was captured by her father, a Mohawk warrior, and forced to assimilate into his tribe. When Kateri was Continue reading St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Louis IX, King of France

St. Louis IX King of FranceFrance flag[Another French installment of  How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints? in support of the people of Paris, France, following the horrendous attack on their city and country Friday, 13 November 2015. God bless France.]

Louis IX was born in Aragon in 1556 and crowned King upon his father’s death at age 12. He married at age 19 and had ten or eleven children (sources vary) although several of them Continue reading St. Louis IX, King of France

St. Genevieve of Paris

St.GeneviveFrance flag[An early installment of  “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” in support of the people of Paris, France, following the horrendous attack on their city and country Friday, 13 November 2015. God bless France.]

St. Genevieve was born in the suburbs of Paris in the year 493. When her parents died, she moved to the city to live with her godmother. She was always involved in works of mercy and Continue reading St. Genevieve of Paris

St. Christopher

St. Christopher[Another installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” Posting Tues. & Thurs. Will you be next?]

Saint Christopher, like many saints, is a mix of truth and parable–a story meant to teach a lesson. The truth is, he did live in the 3rd century and was extremely tall–reports vary from seven feet to eighteen feet! which is likely where the legend begins. He worked for the King of Canaan because he wanted to work for the greatest king of all.  But when he saw the king cross himself to ward off the devil, he left the palace –seeing that the devil was greater because the king feared him. He found the devil leading a Continue reading St. Christopher

St. Cristina/Christine

St. Christina[Another installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” Posting Tues. & Thurs. Will you be next?]

According to the website for Saint Christine Parish in Marshfield, Maine, there is archeological evidence that St. Christine was of the famous Bofena family of Italy, and was venerated in a church there after her death, although her relics are said to be in Palermo, Sicily. St. Christine suffered a great deal for being Christian: floggings, being thrown in a furnace, being locked in a tower with snakes, and being   Continue reading St. Cristina/Christine

St. Kevin

St. Kevin[Another installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” Posting Tues. & Thurs. Will you be next?]

According to the website for St. Kevin Church in San Francisco,  Saint Kevin was born in Ireland in 498. He studied scripture, became a priest (and later a bishop), and founded a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland. He was well known for patience and it is said that a bird once laid an egg in his palm, and to protect it, he held his palm open steadily until the egg hatched. His feast day is June 3.

To my knowledge, our eldest son Kevin never had a bird lay an egg in his hand. But he is Irish and more than once I found him reading the bible when I checked on him before going to bed. Family, neighbors, co-workers, and strangers have all described him as very patient. (And he did sport a long robe and long beard on Halloween.)

St. Donald of Olivgy

St. Donald [ The first installment of “How Do My Family and Friends Compare With Their Patron Saints?” series. Posting Tuesdays and Thursdays. Will your name be next?]

According to Catholic Online, Saint Donald (eighth century) was a married man whose wife bore him nine daughters. After his wife died, they formed a religious community of  sorts under his direction. The daughters later joined a monastery founded by St. Brigid. Donald was a common name in Scotland, not because of Saint Donald but because of the many members of the Clan of Donald.  Nonetheless he was known for his holiness. His feast day is July 15.

My husband Don is Irish, not Scottish (although both are Celtic) and he has six sons. But he did lose his first wife, Deborah Evans, to cancer at the age of 31, and he is a spiritual person whose faith has always been important to him.