Heroic servants of God who have died and are in Heaven. Many have been

canonized) by the Church and are given the inferior veneration of dulia.

There are patron saints for almost every country, vocation, and situation.

Because her house was flown by angels to Italy, Our Lady of Loreto was

proclaimed Patroness of aviators. He levitated while praying, so St. Joseph

of Cupertino is the patron saint of astronauts.

Roman Catholic theologians have theorized as to how a saint hears us, as

they are not omni-present. One idea is that the saint's spirit moves about

the world at the speed of light. Another is that God hears the prayer and

delegates it to a saint to take care of.

Butler's unofficial LIVES OF THE SAINTS (1956) contains 2,565 saints.

Problems about the authenticity of data about St. Christopher and St.

Philomena (whose cult was authorized by Gregory XVI in 1837) caused both to

be demoted - although devotion to them is still authorized.

On 2/14/587, Pope Pius XII proclaimed St. Clare of Assisi Heavenly

Patroness of television. This great saint lay gravely ill on Christmas Eve,

1252. Unable to attend Mass she was granted by God the miraculous vision of

Mass together with the sound of prayers and music in the Bascilica of St.

Francis some distance away.

From Cistercian Abbey magazine, page 17, "legend-encrusted Patrick and half-

mythical Brigid."

Council of Trent, Session 25. "Those persons think impiously who deny that

the saints, who enjoy eternal happiness in Heaven, are to be invoked; who

assert that they do not pray for men; who declare that by asking them to

pray for each of us in particular in idolatry, repugnant to the Word of

God, and opposed to the honor of the one mediator of God and men, Christ


From THE CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA. "In 1802 an ancient tomb was found.

Inscription was reconstructed and bones accepted as those of a virgin

martyr in the 3rd century. Don Francesco de Lucia, parish priest, put the

relics in a place of honor and wrote the life of St. Philomena based on

dubious visions and imagination. She was canonized in 1855." (Ed: She was

demoted in 1961.)


The word is from the Greek hagios which means sacred, morally blameless,

consecrated. From I Corinthians 1:2; 6:1-2; etc. it is plain this means all

Christians. There is no way the scripture could be twisted to teach the

Roman Catholic concept, which has opened the way for both serious and

ridiculous types of veneration of saints.

St. Expedite was named by a New Orleans church because the Italian word for

"rush" was stamped on his container, which bore no other identification. He

is still on the altar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and, when questioned

about him, the priest said, "The Sicilians used to revere him."


From THE SIGN, January 1959. "Q: I have read that St. Gemma's letters to

her spiritual director at Rome were transported and delivered by her

guardian angel. Is this true or not? A: There is no good reason to doubt

the preternatural mail service by St. Gemma's personal guardian angel."

From CATHOLIC DIGEST, 8/80. "The Church accordingly has room for

those...who please God by invoking St. Anthony to keep their letters safe

in the mail and St. Jude for desperate cases because, having a name so like

that of Judas, he has been less frequently asked to intercede for

petitioners than have the other saints and is less likely to be `busy.'"

From THE CATHOLIC VOICE, Oakland, CA "The Making of a Saint by Fr. Francis

X. Murphy. Saints today are a maligned lot. Frequently they are selected by

a strange reason; honored in a bizarre way. Joan of Arc was canonized to

confront political rumpus in twentieth century France; Thomas Aquinas to

vindicate a thirteenth century philosophical system and Pius X to justify a

Roman clique's theological alignment.

"Such considerations had nothing to do with the holiness of these


"Joan's sanctity was based on her obedience to the voices of the Spirit.

In the end they got her burned at the stake. Aquinas' virtue was instinct

in his invariable gentleness amid the vastness of his learning and Pius X's

holiness flowed from his simplicity and concern as pastor of souls.

"In each case the devil's advocate had plenty of ammunition with which

to challenge the allegations of sanctity - Joan's unfeminine garb and

military behavior; the repudiation of Aquinas' writings by the bishops of

Paris and Oxford, and the heresy hunt that accompanied Pius's condemnation

of modernists.

"Pressure groups like the French hierarchy, the Dominican order or the

Roman Curia put their weight behind the `propaganda' to have their Joan,

their Thomas or their Pius declared a saint."

From LIGUORIAN, Jan., 1982. "Gerard Majella - the Pro-Life Saint."


From DENVER POST 7/200/86. "A SAINT FOR ALL SEASONS. Sore throat got you

down? Pray to St. Blaise. Did you lose your car keys? St. Anthony of Padua

can help.

"If you're a gravedigger, St. Abbot or St. Anthony are your saints in an

emergency. If you want to make some home brew call on St. Augustine of

Hippo, St. Luke or St. Nicholas of Myra. Should you be possessed by demons,

St. Bruno or St. Denis are standing by.

"No matter what your ailment, your profession or problem, there is a

Roman Catholic saint to whom you can turn. And if you forget which saint is

for what, pray to St. Rita, St. Jude or St. Gregory. They're in charge of

`desperate situations.'

"St. Apollonia was said to have her teeth broken by pincers in then

hands of her persecutors. Predictably, she is the saint for dentists."


From November 1986 newsletter, Mexican Gospel Mission. "According to local

legend, Franciscan friars were passing through Magdalena de Kino, Sonora

centuries ago with a statue of St. Francis loaded on a burro. When the

burro got to the middle of the town, it refused to go on, convincing the

friars that the statue clearly had `chosen' to remain in Magdalena.

"That's why they built a church here, and that is why, each October 4,

the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Magdalena stages an enormously

popular festival that transforms this town of 14,000 people, as one

resident put it, `from a chameleon to an elephant.'

"It may also be the reason why so many pilgrims who come here October 4

attribute magical powers to the statue of St. Francis that reclines in

wooden silence in a chapel of the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena. It seems

to make no difference to the faithful that the statue they are venerating

is a different St. Francis, one whose feast day is not celebrated until

December 3."

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