How to Find and Pray to Your Patron Saints

There's a Saint for Every Purpose Under Heaven

I come from a Catholic household. Catholic of the Irish variety. I qualify this because different ethnicities have special saints they pray to and have festivals to honor. I thought today would be a good day to tackle this subject because a) I just finished a hub on the subject of cats and dogs, b) cats and dogs are animals, c) October 4 is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. In fact, I just saw on the local news people bringing their pets to be blessed -- including one man whose 25-year-old tortoise gets blessed every year.

Obviously, if St. Francis' blessing has kept this tortoise alive 25 years, and the blessing of animals is deemed mainstream enough to make it onto the news (NBC affiliate, even), then praying to saints must work!!!

Direct Your Prayers to the Right Place

Pray to St. Anthony... or is it Jude?

There are patron saint for countries, professions, married people, single people, dying and childbirth. There are patron saints for diseases and disease prevention. In short, there's a patron saint for just about everything.

My earliest recollection of singling out a specific saint for "intercession" (that's the Catholic word for "help from a saint") was when I was 8. My brother and sister and I and our dog Sam went sledding. Somehow, the dog got loose, we ran to chase him, and in the hubbub lost the sled (or someone took it). As my mother sent us back out to search for the sled, she admonished us to pray to St. Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.

Here's a quick prayer you can use if ever you misplace something:

Something's lost and can't be found, please St. Anthony, look around. Dear St. Anthony, I pray, bring it back without delay.

We never did find our sled, but as children, I don't think we took the whole St. Anthony intercession thing seriously.

Another commonly prayed to saint is Jude Thaddeus. Jude was one of the Apostles, thus he gets to be the patron saint of lots of things:

Jude's the saint to call on in a really dire situation or medical crisis. St. Jude is the proper way to address him (okay to drop the Thaddeus). But "Hey Jude" will probably not get you too far.

Familiar Saints

St. Patrick is widely known for bringing Christianity to Ireland, using a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. It's no wonder he become the patron saint of Ireland!But he shares that honor with St. Brigid of Kildare and St. Columba (in case you have need to pray for the Emerald Isle anytime soon, you can take your pick). And for reasons that are not immediately obvious, St. Patrick is also the patron saint of engineers -- and Nigeria.

We all know that St. Valentine is the patron saint of love, young people and happy marriages. He's also (fittingly) the patron saint of greetings. So how exactly did Valentine become associated with these things? One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."

If you're traveling, St. Christopher is the one for you. St. Christopher protects all manner of transporation related causes, including autombile drivers, truckers, sailors, transportation workers and taxi drivers. That's why it's common to see St. Christopher medallions on dashboards. Note that pilots get their own patron saints, St. Joseph of Cupertino and St. Therese of Lisieux. I'll get to female saints in a minute. Meanwhile, here's a prayer to help you on your way:

Dear Saint, you have inherited a beautiful name - Christbearer - as a result of a wonderful legend that while carrying people across a raging stream you also carried the Child Jesus. Teach us to be true Christbearers to those who do not know him. Protect all drivers who often transports those who bear Christ within them. Amen.

Jolly Old St. Nicholas

The patron saint of children
The patron saint of children

Not All Saints are Men

St. Joan of Arc, St. Rose of Lima, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Mary Magdalene -- these are all saints whose names are familiar. Here are some other women saints it might come in handy to know about:

Saint Rita of Cascia, patron saint of parenthood, infertility

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, patron saint of loss of parents

Saint Teresa Avila, patron saint of headaches

Saint Genevieve, patron saint of disasters

Saint Margaret Clitherow, patron saint of businesswomen (businessmen have their own saint, it's Homobonus)

Guides to Life and Work

In some cases, the relation of a saint to a cause may not be obvious, but ours is not to question the authority that assigns these things. They know what they're doing. Feel free to explore the full list to discover who might be relevant to your situation.

I will tell you that in creating this hub I have found reason to call upon saints I never knew existed:

St. Frances de Sales, patron saint of authors, journalists and writers

St. Isodore of Seville, patron saint of computers and the internet!

St. Catharine of Bologna, patron saint of art

St. Monica, patron saint of married women and mothers

They've gotten me this far. Now it's up to you. I hope you find this helpful and will look to the saints when your prayers need a little extra focused attention.

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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Very good Mighty Mom, and different enough take on it to my hub that they are both unique. :),


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I wonder when they will assign a patron saint of hubbers and who we'll get? S/he will certainly be kept busy! Thanks for sharing this topic with me, Misty!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Hmmmm there's an idea. :)


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

I can only assume that you know the tortoise is commonly a very long lived critter.

Many years ago we were trying to sell a house. It was on the market for a couple of months and we weren't getting any bites. My wife heard from someone about a little ritual that would help. She was told to get a small statuette of a particular saint, I can't remember which, and bury it in an upright position in the front yard. Being an open minded sort, my wife did exactly that. I swear upon my mothers urn, the house sold the following day.

Life is funny.


sandra rinck 7 years ago

CWB, I think that statuette you were speaking of was St. John. Last year there was this report on the news about people doing that to get their houses sold.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

CWB, Sandra, thanks for commenting. This thought just occurred to me based on what you both wrote. What if... every person in America buried a statuette of St. John in their yard? Might that have a powerful effect on the current economic crisis??? Just a thought...:-) MM


sandra rinck 7 years ago

Hmm...that is an interesting thought. Maybe you should convince everyone to try it and see what happens. :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

MM- If you are starting the convincing part let me know I have a friend in China who is good supplier of such images and together we can make quite a fortune...hehe

Btw "St. Isodore of Seville, patron saint of computers and the internet!" was it discovered or invented?..LOL


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Right now I'm thinking about burying one of those statues in my yard so my property doesn't devalue any more than it already has in the 2 years since we bought the house! But I do like the idea of a global rite so to speak. CW -- we might be onto something here. Are we bold enough:-)??

As to the internet. I thought everyone knew Al Gore invented the Internet (and when did we stop capitalizing the "I" anyway???)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

MM- I will be bold if MightyM is with me and almighty blesses me to be the next internet millionaire. I heard that joke about Al Gore and that's funny the guy had the nerve to say that. I guess we would have to find something to lay our claims too before our lives play out...hehe


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hehe -- that is such a fun signature, CW. I was just over reading on wherever it was (I think CR's frivolous lawsuits hub) and saw you'd been there. CR as majestic lion, you as elegant swan. I would so love to play this little "what animal are we all" game. Alas, I have to go out for a couple of hours, so if anyone's still one and up for some chatting later.... Peace! MM


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Looking forward to see you later. I feel you are the cute koala bear whom everybody wants to hug.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Koala bears are adorable! I'm the MAMA bear tho, so I do the hugging!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

I know your earlier avatar picture was welcoming everybody to be hugged(can I still call you mama koala bear then)...hehe


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Yes, that MM avatar will reappear after the holidays. I don't have a plethora of Christmas-related pics so I chose this one from our trip to Utah last year. Those are buffalo by the fence! But please don't be getting any ideas, now CW. I do NOT want to be a buffalo:-).


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

You are a nice fellow not a buffalo :-)

Btw when we went to Yellowstone National Park in the summer this year we saw lots of Bisons their.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

This is a great hub mighty mom - my sister and I when we are looking for a car park  always pray to St Anthony because we say that he is the patron saint of lost car parks.... invariably we have joy in finding car parks. Now if my mother is in the car she likes St. Jude to be included.  BTW My husband has often performed the blessing of the animals - and the funny thing is there are so many different animals and it is rare for them to fight amongst themselves....

& for CW I am Catholic married to an Anglican Minister... so as you can imagine we have differing ideas on some subjects & there are some discussions in our house - but it's all good...

Re. animal likenesses I think of MM as a lionness (koalas look cute but they do have claws and are not always reliable) and you CW as a Gazelle...


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Ajcor- I know lionness are fiercely protective mothers (Ok instead of Koala would drop bears be more reliable)..hehe

I like gazelle (I wish I was as quick as them on my feet)

You ajcor should be a Kangaroo hoping on to different hubs and entertaining all of us....LOL


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi ladies, So interesting the tidbits we learn about each other in these hubs and comments... Gazelle. I like that, too. Graceful and quick moving. Although swan is also graceful and loyal. Hmm... Ajcor, how do you feel about being a kangaroo? I love kangaroos but I'm betting that people who live down under might feel differently about them... true? And what's it like being a Catholic married to an Anglican Minister? Do you still go to your own church? Or do you alternate? I'm Catholic also and my hubby is Lutheran. But he loves to come to Catholic mass.

I am going to the movies with a gal pal tonight (she is coming to "kidnap me"). Have you heard of the film Rachel Getting Married? I will report on it, maybe even do a hub review:-). See you all later, dear wonderful friends. MM


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

Hi Mighty Mom - It was a nice analogy by CW but I am not that struck on being given the totem name of kangaroo - they can be a problem to many people and they are very smart in the water particularly like to drown dogs. (& I am a big dog fan!) They are a beautiful and unusual animal but when they get thirsty and start getting onto golf courses, & roads etc not too good a look. We live out in the country and on our way to the city often see them dead as roadkill "Death by Truck" by the side of the road - it is very sad but they have multiplied and are hungry and thirsty so they come down to find the necessities of life; but mind you if they actually do turn right & run into your car it is an expensive effort to then get the car repaired!!

I too love swans but I think I am too short to be a swan - maybe one day when i am about 100 yrs old I could become a swan...still waiting for the moment.... re. the church attendance I usually go with John to the Anglican church but I still love to go to the Catholic and do so a couple of times a year.. some of my favourite memories revolve around various festivals i.e. St.Patrick's Day but I think will hub on that on the 17th March....

Thanks for your Kangaroo analogy CW - I do like the hopping around entertaining bit ......

I haven't heard of "Rachel Getting Married" - look forward to hearing about the film... cheers


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Wow! This Hub is really hopping after two months!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I know, hunh! Hubs can be funny that way. A flurry of activity when they first get published. Then sit for awhile until rediscovered and a new thread of comments revives them. I think maybe the sudden interest in saints may be linked to our current economic conditions:-).

Ajcor, I had a feeling there must be a downside to kangaroos. Like deer -- they are pretty and people think they are so cute. Except when they invade your garden:-). We'll have to come up with a new animal for you. Since you love dogs, how about if you are the cute little dog that you use for your avatar? That is certainly how I think of you (esp. since you have now said you are not tall enough to be a swan:-). MM


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

OK MM I can be Harriett my bossy smart little dog - btw it's the long neck thing of the swan I can't compete with at 5ft 1 1/2 in. - the neck is definitely not long... hope you are feeling a bit better now - it is so hard losing someone near and dear... cheers


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey ajcor, smart little dog, yes. I don't think of you as bossy, ever! But I don't doubt your dog Harriett is:-). Yes, I'm feeling pretty good... TODAY. Every day is a bit different. But so far, I'm handling it pretty well. It was time, you know? Thanks, tho. See you later, MM


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

MM I was just looking through some hubs and wondered if you saw this - http://hubpages.com/food/Hearty-Winter-Puddings

don't post here - off topic but for your interest...bread & butter pudding - cheers


Grace 7 years ago

Saint Theresa the Little Flower is also very powerful along with Saint Expedite when you want something answered fast. And my favorite the prayer to the Thirteen Blessed Souls


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Grace, Saint Expedite -- that is a new one to me! I know the word expedite. Did not know it came from a saint's name! Thirteen Blessed Souls is also new to me. I will have to look that up. Thank you!


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Specificity 7 years ago from EAU CLAIRE, WI

A StumbleUpon thumbs up for you! Great hub! A Catholic catechist and apologist, I too had to look up the 13 Blessed Souls. Here in the Midwest, it is common for rural priests to actually visit the farms of parishoners on the feast of St. Francis to bless the livestock.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Specificity! It is good to see you again. You have one of the absolutely most adorable avatars on HP! Thanks for the read and the thumbs up.

Love the idea of blessing livestock. Coming from the East Coast I am familiar with blessing of the (fishing) fleets. Same idea!


divinemercylover1 7 years ago

I loved your hub Mighty Mom and thankyou for your research and hard work in discovering even new saints you never knew. Bless You.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello divinemercylover1,

I appreciate your stopping by to visit. This was a fun hub to research. Took me back to my very Catholic girlhood and made me realize how important saints are to all aspects of our lives!!! Bless you, too. MM


norma 7 years ago

I would like to thank St. Expedite for heling us. My husband had been out of work since Dec. 08 & he just got a job. He will be making LOTS less than he was but IT'S A JOB. We are so thankful to him for it.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. St. Expedite for interceeding for us.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Norma,

Congratulations! I am so happy for your husband.

That's wonderful news. You must both be relieved.

A foot in the door is a start. Fingers x'd that things pick up and this job leads to more money for him. I can really relate to this situation.

St. Expedite -- One of the greats! MM


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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

Perhaps if Catholics spent more time praying to GOD The Father and not men and women......they would find themselves closer to HIM.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hellow quietnessandtrust. Are you saying Cathollics are not close to God because we pray to saints (and presumably to Jesus, The Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit)? Well, I'll be sure to pass your suggestions along to the Pope. Thanks for visiting.


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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

Please cite where it is written in the scriptures to pray to people.

Messiah was asked by His students how to pray and He said.

"Our Father who is in heaven, Holy is Your Name...."

That is the One we are to pray to and not another as per Messiah.

Praying to The Father, in the Name of Messiah Jesus, by The Holy Spirit.

No One is greater than The Father!!! So waste no vain words praying to anyone else. Rather than consult the pope, try speaking to God.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Quietnessandtrust -- How do you feel about psalms? Are they ok?

One of my favorite prayers is Hail Mary. And the St. Francis Prayer (also known as the 11th Step Prayer of AA).

K

I'm not arguing that God is not #1 in the hierarchy (or the trilogy as the case may be). Just that the particular brand of Christianity that I was taught -- which happens to be the largest in the world -- allows for Jesus' mother and saints in our prayers. And I kinda like that! Mm


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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

A lot of religions "allow" people to do all kinds of things NOT found in the scripture, that is why it is called "religion" and NOT the TRUTH.

GOD is NOT going to ask us if we followed a religion, HE is going to ask us did you follow ME and what I said? Not the pope!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

We agree. God is going to judge us based on what kind of life we live. According to his 10 Commandments.


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bddonovan 6 years ago from Beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts

Great Hub Mom. As a Boston Irish Catholic, I was brought up praying through the saints not to them. The St. Anthony relationship in my family was strong and the prayer was: "St. Anthony of lost and found please bring (item) around." Seems the prayers have to rhyme. While camping one time I watch my mother pray that prayer with a friend who had lost the diamond out of her engagement ring. It was a small stone and after about half an hour of searching the campsite mother prayed to St. Anthony and bent down and picked up the diamond out of the fireplace full of sand and ashes.

OT Thanks for the encouragement.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

St.Anthony and St. Jude were faves in my house, too! Boston Irish Catholic, eh? You are making me nostalgic for my Boston days. Although my family was of the New York Irish Catholic variety -- slightly different:-).

I'm glad to have met you, BD. Looking forward to getting to know you better,sir. MM


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kartika damon 6 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

I love saints of all persuasions! Mother Theresa is my idea of saint even though she is not canonized! She is one of my heroes. I happen to be fond of a number of Indian saints as well - especially the women! One can never have too many saints in one's life. Kartika


Mark Buzan 6 years ago

I've recently come out of a bout of unemployment/ underemployment. They were tough times and I owe keeping my sanity through many things including prayers to St. Cajetan, St. Joseph, St. Homobonus, St. Jude and the Virgin Mary. God bless them all: http://www.markbuzan.com/Blog/Index-Main_site/Entr...’m_working_again!.html


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Greenheart 6 years ago from Cambridge

Hi Mighty Mom!

Great hub

Prayer is so important for many people.

I work as a psychiatric nurse and have found that prayer abd faith are what keep people going.

Thanks again


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Greenheart. I am heartened to know that prayer has a place in your work. I have truly come to believe in the power of prayer. There is a God (or Higher Power) guiding each of us if we ask for help and if we listen!


mmic 6 years ago

It is a statue of St Joseph not St John that sells homes.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi mmic. You're so right! No WONDER we can't get a buyer for our house (just kidding). Thank you!


maria Panella 6 years ago

Its St joseph statue that sells homes..you have to plant the statue of St Joseph face down in your land scape ..usually the statue comes with directions and the prayer that you have to recite.. Its a little plactic statue..Good Luck! It works


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you Maria, also. These days, homesellers need all the help they can get (assuming they still have a home left and not foreclosed on!)


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

St Clare is the patron saint of the internet-so maybe that covers hubbers:)Great hub.


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Vernpaulwriter 6 years ago from backwoods of Nevada

Mighty Mom your great. I would love to have you write on Catholic America Today. Everyday we fight to keep God on the Internet. To have you on our site would be a blessing. Please check us out. We are free to join.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Vernpaulwriter. I will check you out. Thanks for the compliment!

God is definitely on the Internet.

He is debated here in the religion forums daily -- but I try to stay out of there as it's a no-win argument:-)!


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thecatholicexpert 6 years ago

Great to see others who enjoy writing of patron saints! Very nice hub you put together here. God bless!


Martha Castillo 5 years ago from San Diego CA

This is one the nicest hubs I have read on a while.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Martha,

That is one of the nicest comments I have ever received on a hub. Thank YOU!


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lisadpreston 5 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

I recently was thinking of becoming catholic. I moved into a new house and my neighbor is a devout catholic. She is the nicest, purest example of what I would want to follow. She told me of the catholic churches around here and informed me of classes I would have to take. Yes, judging from this hub, I definitely need classes to learn all of this stuff. Really informative hub and I'm going to print this.


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi lisadpreston. It's been awhile since I heard anyone talking about becoming Catholic. I find it very interesting that the example you want to follow is a woman. My mother and my Aunt Helen definitely exemplify Catholicism at its purest, as well.

I hope you enjoy checking out the masses in your area and that you end up interacting with a good priest who is encouraging of your conversion.

Good luck.

And thanks for reading! MM


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Vernpaulwriter 5 years ago from backwoods of Nevada

Hey loved your article, I have a Catholic web site of Catholic writers, its free and its a place to write about your faith. www.catholicamericatoday.net, loved your article. god bless.


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for the nice info


shialoves 5 years ago

hello everybody do anybody know dat which saint should i pray for judgement if sumbody has wrong with me and i cant take any action against him ,and also for job urgently in technical field with good salary i am searching job from 1 yr and sumbody has done wrong with me afetr 2yrs 7 mnths relationship. plz if anybody know reply me or mail me on shialuves@yahoo.com thanx and warm wishes to all of u.


Kim 4 years ago

I would also like to thank St. Expedite. He has helped my husband find work in the past, and continues to help us today as well. I give him praise and blessings for his intercession.


anna 4 years ago

i want to thank Saint Expedite from the bottom of my heart as he made my wishes came true and always listened to my prays...Thank you once again St Expedite...


greece 4 years ago

MY WISHES CAME TRUE... THANK YOU SO MUCH..MY WORK GOES REALLY WELL AND THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE OF YOU.. THANK YOU SO MUCH ONCE AGAIN,I AM GRATEFUL TO YOU ST EXPEDITE.. YOU ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST!


anna-athens 4 years ago

i would like to thank Saint Expedite for his help because he listened my prays.he made my wish come true.glory to Saint Expedite.thanks from the bottom of my heart.


ann 4 years ago

Dear saint Expedite today 19 April Your name date.Thank you,thank you, thank you.Glory to your name.


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faithjose 4 years ago

Once a person fell down from 20th floor building. He cried loud 'St Francis, pray for me'. Then the angel got hold of him and asked which St. Francis did u mean? He told 'St. Francis of assisi. Angel dropped him down and told "sorry, wrong department"

Thank you for this nice hub. I now know the right departments :-) Keep writing good hubs.


eva 4 years ago

Dear St. Expedite i would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the strength,the courage and the help that you gave and give me until today.. I hope my wishes will come true.Glory to your name. Thank you once again


ANNA 4 years ago

THANK YOU THANK YOU SAINT EXPEDITE.YOU HAVE ANSWERED ANOTHER ONE OF MY PRAYERS SUPER FAST.


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Mighty Mom 4 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Anna,

Glad to hear your favorite saint is still working so hard for you! Congrats and keep the faith!

MM


ann 4 years ago

Thank you again Saint Epedite for granting my petition to you. I will always be grateful to you and hold you near to my heart as my patron Saint.


anna 4 years ago

Sain Expedite you have answered another one of my prayers super fast,thank you Saint E xpedite . I really appreciate all of your help. Many bllessing to YOU.THANK YOU AGAIN.


ann 4 years ago

Saint Ex pedite just thank you for listening.


ann 4 years ago

Thank you Saint Jude Thaddeus for your answer to my prayers. Thank you for helping my husband.


anna 4 years ago

Thank You Saint Jude Thaddeus for your ansewer to my prayers.Thank you for helping my daughter to pass the examination.


ElleBee 3 years ago

Great hub, and great examples of patron saints. I agree with those who pointed out however, that Catholics pray THROUGH teh saints and not TO them! I think that a section with a bit more in depth information on why Catholics pray for saints intercession, could go a long way in improving this hub. As you see from the comments many people are hostile toward the Catholic practice of praying with the saints, and I feel that any wrong information (evne unintentionally) about our practice - and saying we pray to the saints is definitely wrong, because we only pray to and worship God - can only provide further fuel for that hostility.


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Mighty Mom 3 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello ElleBee,

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

As a result of your suggestion I have posted a link that explains many of the common criticisms against Catholics regarding how we do or do not/should and should not pray.

The fact is, however, that we DO pray "to" the saints to deliver our messages to God.

Just like we pray to Mary, even though other Christian denominations do not.


ElleBee 3 years ago

Yes, I'd agree when worded that way it makes more sense to me. I've just had so many people question me on what it means to pray to/through/with etc. the saints and try to tell me its blasphemous, that I'm fairly sensitive on trying to explain it as accurately and thoroughly as possible - when people here the phrase praying "to" saints, they assume it means worship, and that we're praying to saints instead of God! I was always taught that we don't pray to the saints, but ask for their intercession and ask them to pray for us, but it seems like this is mostly semantics and that we both mean the same thing even though we're using different words.


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Mighty Mom 3 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi again, ElleBee,

Thanks for posting again. It dismays me to think of people criticizing Catholics as blasphemous! I mean, come on. But, I have no doubt this happens. I have had enough run-ins with today's "real" (in their own narrow minds) Christians to believe some people look for any/every opportunity to prove others wrong so they can feel righteous in their own beliefs.

Which too often seem to be very literally and narrowly defined by very limited understanding.

I'm really glad you brought this up, as it enabled me to step back and question my own understanding. I'm pretty comfortable in my own faith, but it helped to look it up on a CATHOLIC website.

I remember my mother and grandmother constantly suggesting "Pray TO St. Jude." Or "Pray TO St. Anthony."

You're right in that we are not praying to them as deities. But praying to them as the messengers of specific requests to God. I look at it as the saints are "specialists" like you'd go to a podiatrist with a foot problem and a gynecologist for a female reproductive problem.

Anyway, if I could offer you any advice it's not to engage with anyone who criticizes your prayers as blasphemous. At best, THEY are being blasphemous in criticizing a longstanding tradition of the ORIGINAL Christian church.

At worst, it's a losing battle and you will never convince them (because they are always RIGHT) and only make yourself upset.

Good luck. Keep praying "to and through" the saints! MM


anna 3 years ago

Thank you S.E for prayers answers,faster and more miraculously,than i could have ever dreamed....


ann 3 years ago

Dear Saint Expedite thank you for the favors granted to me.Continue to work with me,my glory to you.....


ann 3 years ago

I give thanks and honor Saint Expedite for helping me with my job.


Anna 3 years ago

Thank you Saint Expedite .I started praying to you this morning and he reached out to me, a few hours later.I am very greatful to you and hold you near to my heart as my patron.


anna 3 years ago

Thanks you Saint Expedite for prayers answers.Faster and more miraculously,than I could have ever dreamed.


anna 3 years ago

Igive thanks and honor Saint Expedite for helping my doctor.


Brayan22 3 years ago

The Loving God is not in today's religions, as well as the true Jesus is not in the new testament.

http://www.thetruejesus.org/index.html


Claudia 3 years ago

I want to propagate St. Jude’s prayer. St. Jude is invoked in desperation and is the patron saint of desperate cases. He has never failed me, and words cannot articulate my gratitude for his incessant support.

St. Jude, thank you for you unceasing and unbroken intercession. Never have you failed me, and through taxing times you continue to amaze me. Most recently, I truly appreciate your help after surgery- the healing process has been remarkable and rapid! Please continue to help me during the recovery process, healing properly each day with no complications.

Thank you, God, for answering my prayer. Thank you, St Jude, for hearing my prayers, shining your light on me and interceding on my behalf. St Jude, pray for me and all who invoke your aid!


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Mighty Mom 3 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you, Claudia. Glad to hear St. Jude is working as hard as every Glad your surgery was successful, too. MM


ann 3 years ago

Dear Saint Expedite for the favours granted to me.Continue to work with me my glory to you Saint Expedite


annI I 3 years ago

Saint Expedite for hearing my prayers thank you.I know that you hear me.If you want just help me one more time.


Greece, anna 3 years ago

Thank you Saint Judas Thaddeus for your answer to my prayers.Thank you for helping my marriage and my doctor.Please continueto help me.St Jude,pray for me and all who invoke your aid.


Hanna 2 years ago

I would like to thank St Expedite for helping my husband to have a lot of work,and continues to help him today,as wel.Igive him praise and blessing for his intercession.Keep working St Expedite.Thank You Saint Expedite again.


ann 2 years ago

Thank you Saint Expedite for money and my doctor.Glory to you.


anonymos 2 years ago

Great Saint Expedite thank you,thank you again.


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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

wow -- and the bible clearly says that there is only ONE interessor between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.

and the bible also says consulting with (praying to ) , or talking to a dead person is necromancy and is strictly forbidden.

How can doing so be a Christian thing??


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Mighty Mom 2 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thanks for commenting, celafoe.

The "original" Christian Church clearly interprets the bible differently:

The Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Alphabetical list of saints:

Including St. Joseph and St. Mary -- Jesus' father and mother:-)

https://www.catholic.org/saints/


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celafoe 2 years ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

the Original CHRISTIAN church was not and is not the catholic church.

and yes they interpret things to fit their man made rules , which in so may cases are NOT in line with what the scriptures clearly say. The dogma of the catholic church is not the teachings of Christ, tho they do include some , but of men and much of it is not scriptural.

As is usual you quote man made statements and not scripture, because you cannot justify these teachings with scripture.


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Rob Lattin 2 years ago from Born in Chicago, now I'm in Mostly Michigan

Great article on Patron Saints! I went to the site that listed them as well. It's funny that we have friends in heaven (patron saints), as well as our own guardian angels, to help pray for us and ask God for favors. Keep writing!


Hanna 2 years ago

Thank you Saint Expedite,for helping me yet again and again.Glory to you.


Hanna from Athens 2 years ago

Dear Saint Expedite I would like thank you again for help me.Many thank to Saint Expedite


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Mighty Mom 2 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

celafoe -- It was never my intent, nor would it ever be my intent, to "justify" anything with scripture. Perhaps you might get someone to engage with you over in the Religion Forum.

Rob Lattin. Yep. We have angels, saints, ascended masters -- a whole slew of beings we can turn to for guidance, help and support. Cool, eh?

Hanna -- glad you have received so much help from Saint Expedite!

MM


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