As All Saints Day approaches, it’s the perfect time to talk about some of the more popular Catholic Saints that are relevant to me . I love learning about the lives of the Saints. From the early martyrs in Roman times, to today’s modern Saints of St. Pope John Paul II and St Theresa of Calcutta. People who aren’t Catholic are confused why we Catholics value saints. Saints don’t answer prayers– we believe they intercede for our sake to Jesus. They remind us that human beings can strive to be holy in our human lives. This article is not a deep study of theology of Saints, but an insight of my beliefs and daily prayer life. In reviewing these Saints, I learned some interesting facts I wanted to share.
Here’s a list of my Top 5 Saints
Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, is of course, the greatest of all Saints. Pope Pius IX named her the Patroness of Humanity. Mary is perhaps the most famous woman of history. Known by many names, Mary has several Feast Days on the Church Calendar. Stories of her appearances on earth over the centuries withstood papal scrutiny. In the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholic, Angelican, and Lutheran Church teaches she is the Mother of God. Mary is also revered in the religion of Islam and has an entire chapter devoted to her in the Quran, When we pray to Mary, most notably the powerful Rosary, she is interceding for us to her Son, Jesus to answer our prayers.
St. Joseph, husband of Blessed Virgin Mary and Foster Father of Jesus. St. Joseph must have been a very special and holy man for God to choose him to protect and provide for Mary and Jesus. He raised and taught Jesus in his formative years. He is the Patron Saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, travelers and yes, real estate. Many know the tradition of burying a statue of St Joseph (wrapped up) upside down in front yard when selling your house. The second half of the the tradition is not so well known. Once the house is sold, the statue is dug up and placed in a place of honor in your new home. Our St. Joseph statue is located on the bookshelf in the family room, the main gathering area of our home.
St. Anthony Paduah was a Franciscan priest in the 1200’s. He was a great scholar, teacher and Doctor of the Church. He is the patron Saint for lost or stolen things. And believe me, I call on him quite often to help me find things. I did find the reason he has this unusual saintly distinction. It seems he had a Book of Psalms that was very important to him. This was the time before the printing press, so books were very valuable. In this book was many of his notes and comments needed for his teachings. A novice at the monastery St Anthony was teaching stole his book, left the order and ran away. St Anthony prayed for return of his book. Not only was the book returned, but the novice also returned back to the religious life as well.
St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the “Little Flower of Jesus” is is the Patron Saint of missions, florists and gardeners. She was a Carmelite nun and was only 24 years old when she died. Pope Saint Pius X called her the “greatest Saint of modern times” because she was of saint of the simple and ordinary things. She offered her small daily sacrifices. Her life encourages people to find holiness in their everyday lives. Her parents were canonized in 2015 as the only married couple in the Catholic Church.
St. Jude was one of Jesus’s twelve Apostles, also called Thaddeus. He was the brother of St. James the Lesser. He is the Patron Saint of Impossible and Lost Causes as well as Patron Saint of Hospitals and Hospital workers . He was an obscure saint until the struggling entertainer Danny Thomas prayed to St. Jude to give him direction in his career. He prayed when his prayers were answered, he would build a shrine in St Jude’s Honor. Well… I kinda think we know the answer to this one. Danny Thomas went on to be a big successful TV and film star. Danny kept his promise . He built the St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer and Research Hospital in Memphis in St Jude’s Honor—a Shrine where miracles happen everyday.
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little more about my top 5 Saints. There’s plenty of online resources such as https://www.catholic.org or Catholic Supply stores to learn more.
Until Next time, I’ll save your seat in the “Booth”