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 constant prayer”, and “man of peace.” He died in 1197 and was canonized in 1199 at the urgent request of the citizens of Cremona. The church of Sant’Omobono in Rome is dedicated to him. His feast day is November 13.

I don’t know anyone named Homobonus, but I do know several good men and women who give proportions of their income, not what is left over, to help others. And since Black Friday and Cyber Monday get more attention than Thanksgiving Day, it’s good that we now have Give Back Tuesday  (today). But what would be even better is to have that attitude (and action) every week of the year. St. Homobonus is a reminder that it’s something anyone–lay person or religious–can do.

Information from Catholic Online accessed 3 Nov 2015 at and citing Hallam, Elizabeth (ed.) (1994). Saints: Who They Are and How They Help You. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 66.

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